Jobseekers get creative

Foot massages, billboards and cookies make candidates stand out

As the job market tightens, jobseekers are getting more creative in their attempts to capture the attention of recruiters, according to a new survey.

The survey of 3,388 hiring managers by job website found 12 per cent of them are seeing more jobseekers resorting to unusual antics in 2008 compared to previous years.

Some of the candidates who stood out the most include:

•One who advertised on a billboard.

•One promised to give the employer a foot massage if hired.

•One carried around a sign that said, 'Will work for paying bills.

•One brought a broom to the interview to 'clean up the waste and corruption in the office.

•One wore a shirt to the interview that said, 'Please hire me.

•One showed up with breakfast for the employer every day until hired.

•One approached the hiring manager in a restroom.

•One sent a giant cookie with 'Hire Skip' written in frosting on it.

•One parked outside of the office building with a sign that said, 'Seeking employment.

•One wrote a poem about why she wanted the job in her cover letter.

•One noticed the employer wrote a blog about a particular restaurant. She persuaded the restaurant to put her name on the menu so the employer would see it the next time he ate there.

•One created an electronic resumé with flash animation and musical score.

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