One way to make it fun — and to stand out from the pack — is by turning it into a creative project.
But it’s tricky. You need to display a sense of fun and creativity while at the same time showing that you’re a smart, dedicated worker who takes their job seriously. Ideally, you’ll come across as someone who’d be a valuable addition to the team, as well as someone who everyone in the office will want to be friends with. It’s risky. But if you execute it well, the dividends can be huge.
Here are 11 examples of people who took the creative route:
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Pretend to deliver donuts to the business you want to work for.
It sounds zany, but it’s the strategy used by Lukas Yla. In around September of 2016, he moved to San Francisco looking to work in marketing for a tech company. Within a month, he’d pretended to be a food delivery person and delivered donuts to 40 companies he wanted to work for.
Inside each doughnut box, he included the message, “Most resumes end up in trash – mine in your belly,” as well as a pitch and link to his LinkedIn profile. According to his LinkedIn, he’s now the head of marketing at a company called CityBee Car Sharing.
Make a Snapchat filter for the company you want to work for
Graham Allgood wanted to work at Horizon Media, an ad agency, so he made a Snapchat filter set at their headquarters asking them to hire him.
It got more than 1,000 views and landed him an interview the next day.
Snapchat’s geofilter is useful with this kind of strategy, because you can make a custom filter that works only in certain locations. Drawing the “geofence” around the office headquarters makes sure you stand out.
Use your résumé as the wrapper for chocolate.
Designers get to have more fun than most people while applying to jobs. Jessica Wen went the Trojan Horse route: She sent people chocolate bars and used her résumé as wrapping paper. The inside of the wrapper included her skills and experience. She then left the chocolate with recruiters at her college career fairs.
“I was able to get a call back and ended up landing a four-month internship position at a large architecture firm in DC,” Wen told Business Insider.