How One Presentation Got Hanna Phan The Job Of Her Dreams

Watch the presentation above.

It’s a pretty amazing resume, right?

This is what Hanna Phan created when she saw an opening at SlideRocket, the company that allows people to make these presentations.

In other words, Phan used the company’s own software to show why she would make a great hire.

“I was looking for a typical job and when the going gets tough and you don’t get any bites from the traditional way of looking for a job, sending out your resume, submitting it to HR portals, and you don’t get the response you want, I was pretty fed up and decided I had to do something pretty radically different,” she told MJD.

The details of her story have already made it across the Web, including on SlideRocket’s own blog, so we’ll be brief: after creating the presentation, she Tweeted it to Chuck Dietrich, the company’s CEO. As soon as he got off a plane, he replied to her, they chatted on the phone, and she had the job. The company now even offers “Présumé” templates for people who want to try this approach themselves.

After speaking with Phan today, here’s why we think this approach worked so well:

  • Phan is no entry-level candidate. Though her presentation doesn’t go into details, she has a computer science background and years of work experience, including nearly three years as a freelance presentation consultant (which surely explains why she was able to pull together this presentation).
  • She researched the company thoroughly. If you weren’t super-familiar with SlideRocket, you might have thought that the line Phan used—”I want to work with you and change the world, one presentation at a time” was incredibly cheesy. But, wouldn’t you know it, that happens to be the company’s philosophy. “I did a lot of research on their culture, about how they talk about their presentations,” Phan told MJD. To Sliderocket? Not cheesy at all.
  • She spent a hell of a lot of time on it. “From start to finish, it was three weeks from when I saw the job posting to the day I sent it out,” she says (but thankfully for all jobseekers whose jaws are dropping right now, two of those three weeks were brainstorming). Still. Most people talk about spending an hour on a cover letter. One freelancer we know spends about a half day on each gig application, and we thought that was a long time. A week!

The jury’s out on whether Presumes will work on the strength of just their design skills, rather than the cleverness Phan hit on of applying to the presentation company. That seems to have been the secret sauce here, though on the bright side, Sliderocket is still hiring. And besides, these things aren’t video resumes.