I always seem to harping on about what employers can do to encourage engagement from talented candidates. Today I came across reddit user Leah, who goes by Pastlightspeed, who posted photos of her recent application to two advertising agencies for an intern position. It’s hard to know how to standout in this increasingly competitive market and whilst Leah skirts the line between impressive and gimmicky I think the end result is both pleasing and communicates her potential well.
This isn’t the first time I’ve seen this type of thing and whilst it lends itself well to creative professions I think there’s scope to produce this kind of thing for other disciplines too. In the past I’ve seen resumes submitted in LaTeX for researcher roles, as an API for an engineering role and a candidate at Facebook sent a single shoe – the accompanying message stating “…if the shoe fits”. All three stood out and all three got interviewed. Of course you still have to interview well but thinking about the application process in a creative way could give you an advantage over other applicants and may help to pique the interest of even the most jaded in-house recruiters.