4 Innovative Jobseeker Approaches Using Google, Social Media & Modern Technology

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Will Tweet For Food imageThe written, few-page Curriculum Vitae might still be the CV of choice for many people, as well as many employers, but that hasn’t stopped a few innovators from trying something different…

Modern technology has helped people to find jobs in different ways. One of our Twitter followers, Angelina, has previously found jobs via a Twitter retweet as well as a LinkedIn introduction. But the buck doesn’t stop with the usual suspects of Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

We have compiled a list of our four favourite ways in which people have used modern technology to look for a job and get noticed. In some instances, they got jobs pretty quickly – and the exact type of role they were after.

Alec Brownstein: Google AdWords

Implementing what has since become known as The Google Job Experiment, Alec Brownstein used Google AdWords to create adverts for five NYC creative directors of five companies he wanted to work for. When each of them conducted a vanity search (i.e. Googled their own name), they saw an ad from Alec grabbing their attention, with a link to his site.

The result? Four of them invited him to an interview and two of them offered him a job. The total cost? $6.

Victor Petit: QR Codes & iPhones

Victor Petit’s CV was a two-sided piece of paper, one side containing his information, the other displaying a picture of his face, with a QR Code over his mouth.

In order to get the full effect of the CV, the employer would have to identify the QR Code using a QR Code reader app on their iPhone. The QR Code would link to a YouTube video, which was a close-up of Victor’s mouth. With the iPhone put in place on top of the QR Code, Victor’s mouth would move, leaving them a spoken message.

Hagan Blount: Infographics

CV infographic image

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In the SEO (search engine optimisation) world in particular, infographics have become extremely popular as a means of displaying data in a way that is cool and interesting yet informative. When looking for a job in social media, Hagan Blount created an infographic CV, displaying his history, skills and references in a way that is interesting, unique and amusing.

Graeme Anthony: YouTube

Graeme Anthony took advantage of YouTube to create a “CVIV” (CV Interactive Video). Making use of YouTube Annotations, Graeme created links from his introductory video to other videos he’d created: “About Me,” “Portfolio,” etc.

And there you have it! Four smart and creative examples of unusual CVs or jobseeking approaches.

[“Will Tweet For Food” image credit – Hagan Blount (link above)]