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Will a more creative approach get you that job in PR?

Hire me t shirt Recently, Lexis PR was accepting applications for its graduate scheme.  Among them, one grad sent a box of cupcakes to show that they stood out… and Lexis’ HR team tweeted about it.

This isn’t the first time I’ve come across less conventional job applications.  In the past I’ve had a graduate send me a tea bag with their CV “so that you can have a nice cuppa while you read about my experience”.   More recently, one of our Taylor Bennett Foundation alumni, Nahidur Rahman, wrote a blog post on why a PR firm should hire him, and Racepoint Group snapped him up.

Last September we featured Graeme Anthony in esPResso with his CVIV.  It did the rounds on Twitter and came up trumps as he’s now working at Frank.  Similarly, Stephen Waddington has written a post featuring Laura Tosney at 33 Digital and her (frankly, amazing) animation that clinched the job for her there.

A few of our ex-interns took part in an online chat on the Guardian website about social media careers.  This led on to a discussion about how to make themselves stand out.  Alan Parker of Golin Harris suggested something quirky might work.  “I once had a candidate send me a shoe in a shoebox with his CV” he told me, “so that they can get a foot in the door”.

On Twitter, I floated the idea of a CV printed on a tea-towel (inspired by all the Royal Wedding merchandise I can see creeping up on us).  Responses ranged from “It’s novel, it deserves an interview at least” from the MD of Rise PR, Paul Alan  to “that’s just weird” from communications officer, Emma Jackson Stuart and “creativity in an application isn't generally welcome in the public sector! It’s better to sell yourself based on examples.” From Adam Fairclough.

Which just goes to show, sending a more unusual job application can work, but you have to be careful who you target with your creative approaches.

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