Extreme Job Hunting Strategies
Job Hunting Strategies
CNN recently ran an article regarding ‘extreme’ job hunting measures that caught my attention. I’ve heard of a lot of the tried-and-true job hunting strategies, but this post had a few new ones that I hadn’t heard before. A few of the tactics listed were:
- run a billboard – interesting idea, but I’m not sure how targeted this one could be. You may get a lot of ‘creepers’ contacting you – especially if you took them to a website that had your personal work history on it.
- print ads on cocktail napkins – huh? I don’t get this one. Where would the napkins be?
- bypass HR and try to ride the elevator with the manager – I think this is a horrible strategy, making you look very desperate. Has this ever worked for anyone?
But there was one practical idea that I really, really liked. Offer a cash ‘bounty’ for the first person who finds you the job you end up taking.
Why does this idea really sound appealing to me? Let’s look at my wife’s recent unemployment situation as an example. As a landscape architect, she works in a tight-knit industry where there are not a lot of jobs (and no growth). This means the competition for any available jobs is going to be high. And those actually hiring are going to try to find someone through their network.
If there are some full-time jobs out there and she is as equally qualified as another colleague who was laid off – who is going to get referred by former co-workers – the person offering them the exciting $250 reward to refer them, or the person offering them nothing?
Some may argue that your merits should speak for themselves when getting referred for a job. This is true, but in offering a cash incentive, you are providing an inspiring incentive and putting others within your industry to work for you. We all tend to get wrapped up in their own dramas, or just downright lazy sometimes. And in tough times, would you rather go at it alone or have a team of people on your side who are extra motivated?
Job Hunting Discussion:
- What ‘extreme’ job hunting techniques have you tried? Were they successful?
- Have any unique job hunting strategy ideas?
- What do you think of this ‘bounty’ strategy?