Welcome the future. Merely applying for jobs is no longer enough. Great companies are looking for great people like you but are overwhelmed by thousands of similar looking resumes each month. Yes, new age platforms such as CutShort can help. And you can also use the tips to boost your response rate as well.
But in the end, the world is highly competitive. Hiring teams are busy and may never get around to looking at delving deep into your profile. You can:
Choose to do nothing special, in which case getting a reply from hiring teams may take weeks, months or god forbid, forever.
Or choose to be proactive and do something that grabs the attention of people who matter. Like Neena Mufleh from San Francisco did.
Deeply passionate about joining Airbnb, she made a purpose made website: http://nina4airbnb.com and put up a nice free report + her pitch for Airbnb:
Note: Appreciate the finer details here – the visual elements (fonts, icons, colors) are exactly like Airbnb!
When she posted this on Twitter, the doors of opportunity opened. People loved her passion and lent a strong supporting voice to her application. Result – positive attention from none other than
Brian Chesky (founder and CEO of Airbnb):
@ninamufleh I am reviewing right now. Very impressive 🙂— Brian Chesky (@bchesky)
and an interview from Jonathan Mildenhall (Chief Marketing Officer, Airbnb):
Ok. You floored me with this brilliance. We’ll set something up for us to meet.
I love your smarts. Very much.
https://t.co/EaIwOHSywo— Jonathan Mildenhall (@Mildenhall)
Something quite similar was also done by Aakash Mittal to get a job at Flipkart:
With his detailed resume on Flipkart, Mittal wrote, “When you are a 6-pointer and competing with best of the best minds of the country, you know how hard it is to land a job. You start doing some crazy and random stuff to stand out from the crowd. This is my resume for Flipkart’s APM Profile. I didn’t get an interview call though, but I hope it will bring a smile on someone’s face.”
Unfortunately, neither Nina nor Aakash were able to get their dream jobs with this approach. But the bigger take away is
Don’t just apply for jobs. Be proactive. Stand out. Tweet this!
Did you do something different to catch the attention of your dream company? Let us know in comments!