The job market is pretty tough these days, but recent Digital Media Communications grad Sander Saar is looking to stand out from the competition with a Kickstarter-inspired online video resume. Sander has launched an interactive online video campaign at hire.sandersaar.com, with a Kickstarter look and feel and he tells us the response has been amazing.
Sander told us via email, “I wanted to get in touch and join the best possible team in a fast moving company’s marketing team. Finding a job can be a real challenge these days and settings oneself apart from ordinary resumes and applicants means doing something no one would expect. Especially among graduate recruitment, one must create something truly unique, which at the same time would demonstrate what I can do and what kind of value I could bring to a potential employer.”
To solve this challenge, Sander built his Kickstarter-inspired interactive video CV—an interactive YouTube video paired with rewards for backers (i.e. Sander’s promise to do the best job possible for any company willing to hire him to work as an intern, freelancer or permanent employee). Click the image below to view the campaign in all its glory.
Why did he go the Kickstarter route? Sander explains, “Kickstarter is a symbol of small businesses’ success and innovation, which helps people’s dreams come to life. Moreover, it allowed me to add a little gamification element to the project, by allowing potential employers to decide how they would like to get in touch with me—just meet for a drink, work for free for two weeks, intern or hire permanently. I also included testimonials from people whom I’ve worked with and who represent the industry I’d like to be working in.”
Sander told us that after the first day he had received more than 15 job or meeting requests, over 3,000 visitors, had reached more than 27,000 Twitter accounts and was also in the top 6 on Hacker News.
On the campaign page Sander writes that, “This project will be successful only if Sander gets to meet an awesome team by Friday August 31, 5:00pm GMT.” We reached out to him today to see how he’s coming along. He told us, “I have received offers from 5 startups and 2 ad agencies, but I’m in talks with bigger companies at the moment to finalize and hopefully receive an offer from them as my aim at the moment is to find the best team, where I can learn and develop as quickly as possible. In total, I’ve received nearly 30 requests to get in touch and find ways to collaborate. Some of them are still in progress. On the other hand, some just emailed me after seeing the video asking: ‘How much?’”
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Megan O’Neill is the resident web video enthusiast here at Social Times. Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.