15 Unusually Creative Ways to Land a Job


Even as the job market improves, jobs seekers are finding more and more creative ways to land a job in competitive fields. Video resumes, interactive personal websites, leasing a billboard advertising a resume outside of a potential employer’s office…they’re definitely raising the bar for the rest of us. Sure, most companies expect a traditional resume and focus on qualifications for the job, but we rounded up a list of some highly creative ways job seekers have used to stand out from the crowd.


  1. One candidate brought his guitar to a job interview and performed a musical number about why he was the best candidate. (Forbes)
  2. Ian Greenleigh targeted marketing managers and executives in Austin, Texas, with Facebook ads that linked to his Hire Me page.  The result: multiple offers. (AdAge)
  3. On his LinkedIn profile, Eric Gandhi had included his CV which had been mocked up to look like a Google search engine results page. An employee at Google spotted it and immediately recommended Eric for a job, which led to an interview. (TNW)
  4. Spencer Bryan created a task on TaskRabbit and requested a meeting with one of the startup’s employees. The meeting turned into an interview and one week later Bryan had a job offer. (Business Insider)
  5. One applicant sent a shoe with a resume to “get their foot in the door.” (KBIC.com)
  6. Glenn Cole, chief creative officer at 72andSunny, the agency he founded, wrote a letter to Dan Wieden every two days for four months while trying to get a job at Wieden+Kennedy. He also challenged Wieden to a one-on-one basketball tournament. (FastCompany)
  7. A designer who wanted to work for Mattel sent a customized Barbie doll in with her resume. She got hired. (Artisan)
  8. Andrew Horner disrupted the established order in 2010 with a website that asked employers to apply to have him work for them. Pretty  bold, but he received 44 offers, accepting one of them at a mortgage financing site. (Oddee)
  9. In 2008, Paul Nawrocki donned a suit, tie and sandwich board in the middle of midtown Manhattan when his unemployment benefits were on the verge of running out. (NBCNews)
  10. Philippe Dubost, a web product manager mimicked an Amazon product page in order to get his resume out there. (DaytonLocal)
  11. Jeanne Hwang landed a job at Pinterest after using the site to create a digital resume showing off her interests and expertise. (OnlineCollege)
  12. Ed Hamilton created a job application through Google Maps’ My Maps. He used different colored pins to highlight where he lived, where he previously had worked and what interests him. (GraduateLand)
  13. When Canadian graphic designer Brennan Gleason needed to get more design work he combined his love of home brewing with his design skills. Potential employers and clients received a CV in the form of a box of home-brewed ale, with each bottle – and the packaging – featuring all Brennan’s CV details. (Plotr)
  14. Leah Bowman, seeking internships, used Lego Digital Designer to create a brick incarnation of herself and advertised herself as “the missing piece” for the companies to whom she applied. (Mashable)
  15. One bold individual arrived in an office with a red chair. He brought it straight to the top manager on the floor (not the HR person), put it down and said, “I brought a chair, you can have it, you’ll never see me sitting in it.” Then he left and was offered the job a few days later. (FreelanceFolder)

You probably won’t have to hack a web site or stop a robbery in progress during an interview to get a job, but we hope some of the ideas on this list inspire you to think outside of the box when you’re applying for your dream job!

We also created a list of the top 210 job search sites for 2016, so you can take your inspiration to get your foot in the door to the next level!

About the author

Kelly Love Johnson

Kelly Love Johnson is Content Strategist for Jobs2Careers. She's also a shower singer, TV watcher, pop culture junkie, and habitual smirker. She's passionate about helping people find their dream jobs and closing the wage gap. Her book, Skirt! Rules for the Workplace: An Irreverent Guide to Advancing Your Career, was published by Rowman & Littlefield in 2008.

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