I am a proponent of using creativity in your job search. It is not enough these days to perfect your C.V. and respond to jobs on-line. There are just too many people internationally who are doing this at the same time. Hiring managers are inundated with résumés and take the first inquiries for the position, often leaving you too late for the open job.
It appears that job seekers in Copenhagen are having a tough go of it, too, with many recent grads left unemployed more than a year after graduation. There are just an abundance of lawyers, accountants and marketing people all looking for jobs at the same time.
So what are they doing to distinguish themselves from other job seekers? They are applying for a spot in the window on a main street, of course! Who would have thought that this would have been an option a few years ago? The brainchild of DJOEF, a professional trade union and the marketing firm, Reputation came up with this window gambit idea, as a way to help people find jobs.
And, candidates are lining up for the opportunity to sit in the window with a sign saying, “available academic sitting here” with an arrow pointing at them as they work on their job search on their lap top in the window for all to see. If someone is interested in hiring this person they can scan a well-placed bar code on the window and contact them.
Compared to the Red Light District in Amsterdam, where sex is for sale, it is certainly a unique way to find a job. Yet, it is working. The job seekers are becoming more creative with their use of their time in the window. This program started the end of April and will run through early-May. There are at least 14 people who work several shifts involved in the program and there is a waiting list.
One job seeker placed a dancing shoe in the window beside her and played gospel music. She was offered a job within a week! The bottom-line is that this “worker in the window” idea is a resounding success. We should all take heed and find our own way of becoming creative in our job search!
Now, if you excuse me. I need to find a window to sit in! I am thinking of bringing my Yorkie and a bunch of colored balloons.