Billboards. Sandwich boards. Ebay. Amazon. Once in a while, a job seeker does something so wildly different that it draws much attention to him- or herself. Then amidst the media attention, some of these non-traditional tactics end up working. But, why do some people go to such extremes to be seen in the first place?
The Wall Street Journal recently reported that 284,000 American college graduates worked for minimum wage in 2012 – that’s double the number in 2007 and up 70% from 2002! Jannic Nielssen graduated in December 2012 from Millikin University with a degree in Communications and an emphasis in Public Relations. He is still among the sea of grads looking for a job.
KICK STARTING HIS CAREER
On April 8, Nielssen launched KICKJANNIC, a social campaign to stand out and (hopefully) land a job in digital marketing. In a recent conversation, he told me that through the KICKJANNIC project, “I’m crowd-sourcing to find a job and looking for people to pledge to share my information. I’m hoping that through these social media pledges, I’ll land a great job.”
On his website, he writes, “I chose to create an out-of -the-box CV because these days, if one doesn’t stand out, he isn’t seen. What better way to showcase my love for social media than to incorporate it in my attempts to KICK my career into gear.” You can also find his resume, portfolio, a link to the KICKJANNIC campaign and three endorsements on his site.
HOW B4J HEARD ABOUT JANNIC
Here’s one thing I’ve learned about this recent graduate: He’s very in tune with social media. On March 29, Jannic tweeted his Vine resume to me in response to my recap on the #SMW140Resume event. Yep! He got my attention. He’s also promoting his campaign using #KICKJANNIC on Twitter.
When I initially spoke to Jannic, he was dashing off to shoot a video for his KICKJANNIC project. Why this sense of urgency? As an international student, he received confirmation of his optional practical training authorization on February 1. According to Jannic, he now has “until May to secure employment in the U.S. or I will have to return home.”
HELPING JOB SEEKERS LIKE JANNIC
As someone who’s been in recruiting for many years, I intrinsically enjoy helping people find jobs, whether it’s with my own company or through referrals. While this post is for informational purposes and does not serve as a reference or endorsement, I do hope that Jannic finds an employer that can put his creativity to work.
Are you looking for someone to join your digital marketing or social media team? Do you know someone who knows someone? As recruiters, we have an opportunity to help others and make a difference in their lives. Our business relies on referrals … let’s reciprocate and pay it forward, too.
DO SOCIAL RESUMES WORK?
Have you seen other job seekers using social media best practices to connect with employers? What strategies do you think are most effective? Is there such a thing as “too much” when it comes to standing out during the job search?
Article by Shannon Smedstad
Shannon Smedstad spends her days leading HR social media and employment branding at GEICO and has more than 14 years of recruiting experience. In 2013, she was named a Talent Warrior by Glassdoor.com for social recruiting leadership and innovation. Outside of the daily grind, Shannon is a work@home mom raising two awesome girls who also enjoys reading, traveling and her morning coffee. You can connect with her on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter. (Opinions are her own and not those of her company.)
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