Taking the job search to new levels

Have you noticed it? Candidates are coming up with increasingly creative techniques to get a job offer.

According to a survey conducted by FindEmployment, the majority of respondents (35%) believe that economic difficulties are motivating job seekers to come up with more creative techniques to stand out from other candidates.

More than one in 10 (11%) believe that job seekers who resort to unusual tactics to find a job are clearly desperate for any kind of employment at all.

Ten percent believe that such candidates are attention seekers and enjoy the stir such crazy tactics can generate in the media. However, a more optimistic 31% of respondents with a brighter outlook think that some people are naturally inventive and funny and use this talent well to secure a job.

Fifteen percent of applicants would consider writing a blog or novel if it would help them stand out to recruiters, while a surprising 13% would even contemplate putting their CV on a picket board in front of their favorite company. Eight of every 100 respondents would take out a billboard or ad if it would get them a job, and 5% of job seekers stated that they would contemplate creating a flash mob of their friends to praise them in front of a recruiter.

Further findings of the survey include:

  • The majority of job seekers believe that there are better job opportunities today due to online recruitment, social media and recruitment companies (41%).
  • 28% of candidates believe that they have increased difficulty finding jobs due to the global economic crisis.
  • Over a quarter believe they will have a better chance of finding a job due to globalization and travel.

About the Author

Larry Hannappel

Larry spent 16 years with Century Casino’s and was instrumental in the start-up and growth of the company through expansions in Canada, South Africa, the Czech Republic, Poland and on several cruise ships as well as in Colorado. He was most recently the SVP, Principal Finance Officer and COO of North American operations for Century Casinos Inc., a multinational, Nasdaq-traded gaming company. Earlier in his career, Larry worked at the Johns Manville Corp. Larry spent 13 years in various accounting and finance functions in the company’s fiberglass manufacturing division and was key in the start-up of a molding plant in Indiana. Larry and his wife Kathy and three children live in Colorado. He enjoys four-wheeling, motorcycling, golfing, skiing and brewing beer.

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