Job Seekers Think Outside the Cubicle With Gimmicks to Get Noticed

lightbulb1If you’ve hit the last straw in your job search, you may be among the number of candidates who resort to gimmicks.

Consider this — a job seeker sent a rather large box to his potential employer, One Fine Stay. The company sets up short-term accommodations in luxury homes and according to The Wall Street Journal, a queen-size pillow was nestled inside the box.

But that’s not all. A 24 by 33-inch resume was attached to the pillow. Although no one at the company can remember the candidate’s name, they can remember his moniker: “Pillow Guy.”

The L.A. operations director of One Fine Stay, Alexandra Rethore, told The Journal: “It was funny for about five seconds.” She actually thought the box contained linens she had ordered.

Unbeknownst to the sender, by the time his package arrived, his CV was torn and blurred from water damage. And oh yeah, writing at the top with his contact information was unfortunately too wrinkled to be read. (Rethore ended up ironing it to get the details.)

Although Pillow Guy did get a phone conversation and office interview, he was ultimately rejected. The company also heard from unusual candidates like the resume that was delivered by a stuffed carrier pigeon and another job seeker who referenced a link to unpublished erotica.

According to CEB (previously known as the Corporate Executive Board), companies receive approximately 383 applications for every single job opening that was advertised in 2013.

It’s no wonder why job seekers resort to such tactics. Although it’s certainly creative and can get a candidate’s foot in the door, substance, skills and experience will allow that door to remain open for future consideration at that point.