Standing Out Above the Rest

It’s no secret that diving into the job market isn’t as easy as it used to be. Lately, trying to dive headfirst into the job market is like diving head first into the shallow end of the pool without looking first. Doing thorough research of the industry and tweaking your resume first are an absolute must-do before you even consider applying- unless, you plan to ‘shock-and-awe’ your way into it.

As of late, individuals have been setting the bar higher and higher for others to try to measure up to. Most recently, senior Daniel Hebert of Mount Allison University wrote a blog post as to why he’d be the ideal candidate for Radian6’s social media analyst position. Ragan blogged about Hebert’s efforts but couldn’t decide whether to dub him clever or crazy. Although Hebert was contacted for an interview, it’s still unknown as to whether or not he got the job.

Shortly before Hebert’s blog post, a horrific cover letter was released, sans author, in January. Despite the author’s claims that it was a joke, the letter definitely captured the attention of thousands. Six months before Hebert, Matthew Epstein took a giant leap and produced a YouTube video that went viral about why Google should hire him. Epstein may not have gotten the job at Google, but his video stunt landed him a job elsewhere.

Are resumes and cover letters becoming secondary when entering the job market or applying for a job? Are employers soon to expect ‘shock-and-awe’ as a necessary part of the application process? Guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

With graduation only being a few months away, maybe I should start planning my major attention-grabbing plan…maybe I’ll create an awesome infographic, visually explaining why I’d be a great addition to the workplace.

My Resume in a Word Cloud

Resume Word Cloud by orangejack via Flickr