I happen to read an article in Money Watch that discussed some interesting ways that people found jobs. Certainly, I don’t think that most of the traditional ways to seek employment or network should be abandoned, but some unorthodox methods may work out. If you’re looking for work and need reassurance that there are really jobs out there, please continue reading. Here are four unorthodox ways that these job-seekers found great new jobs.
Going to someone else’s college reunion
Logan Beam, Arcanum, Ohio, found a position as the Director of Marketing and Communications, for the All American Clothing Co. He says, “My mother couldn’t go to her 25th reunion two years ago. I was studying at Wittenberg University at the time and went in her place. I wore a name tag with her maiden name and met many of her classmates. Among the attendants was Elizabeth Nickol, whose family founded All-American Clothing. The conversation led to an interview, then an internship and eventually a job.”
Reed Daw, Austin, Texas, found a position as a Search Engine Optimization (SEO) associate at Vousion, an e-commerce company. His story is that, “Throughout my high school and college years I worked in the bar industry. The last bar I worked at was a beer garden in downtown Austin. I requested weekday lunch shifts even though they made less money, because all the business professionals came in. I would spark a conversation with patrons, first talking about their day, football, beer — anything to establish similarities and a comfort level.
Once I felt we connected I’d begin asking what they did, then start talking about my situation and that I was graduating college soon. Although I never expected anything out of it and I simply like talking to people, I received countless business cards, email addresses and resume requests. This tactic landed me a marketing internship for Volusion, an Internet start-up company. After three months, I got asked on full-time and am now in the career I used to only dream about when closing the bar at 4 a.m.”
Touring with a band
Simon Tam, Portland, Oregon found a position as a freelance digital and social media marketing specialist. He retells the story like this. “I’m the manager and bassist for a band called The Slants. After spending a few years building a fan base (and running complex marketing campaigns), I caught the attention of a college in Oregon that was looking for someone with a unique grasp on digital marketing. I showed how I took a brand new brand — my group — to international levels of attention within a few months and no marketing budget to speak of, just by finding the right message and audience. These days, I still run digital marketing for a college, while working my nights and weekends job as a musician.”
Looking for pizza
Mike Kennedy, Northboro, Mass. found a position as Director of Marketing at an employee analytics software company, Talent Analytics and here is his story. “I was home on spring break and was planning to order a pizza for lunch. I opened the phone book to M and it happened to fall under ‘Marketing/companies.’ On a whim, I called several companies. The third was BrainStorm Group. I spoke with my future boss. As it turned out, they just happened to be interviewing for three entry-level marketing positions the next day. Two months later I got a call from the president the day before graduation.
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