Attention-Grabbing Job-Hunting Gimmicks: When They Work, When They Fail and Why


Embracing the folk-wisdom that "the squeaky wheel gets the grease", some job hunters push the pedal to the metal and try to win the job race by supercharging their job search with grandstanding, attention-grabbing, often outrageously dumb or brilliant gimmicks.

We've all heard, read  or told stories about how some desperate, audacious, (over/under-) imagin

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Attention-Grabbing Job-Hunting Gimmicks: When They Work, When They Fail and Why

What you will learn in this eBook

Creating Gimmicks That Work

Strong Logical Connection and Congruence With the Job: The more closely the gimmick logically aligns with the prospective job or organizational mission, methods, etc.,, the better the odds of being hired. For example, Alec Brownstein's gambit and gamble not only validated and utilized the medium in which he wanted to work, viz., advertising, but also displayed the kind of imagination and creativity the job logically entails. If that were not enough, he also tapped into one of the most logical tactics to employ when trying to impress an advertising boss—market the boss by advertising him.

About the author

Michael Moffa
Michael Moffa
Michael Moffa, writer for Recruiter.com, is a former editor and writer with China Daily News, Hong Kong edition and Editor-in-chief, Business Insight Japan Magazine, Tokyo; he has also been a columnist with one of Japan's national newspapers, The Daily Yomiuri, and a university lecturer (critical thinking and philosophy) in Canada, China and Japan.
Attention-Grabbing Job-Hunting Gimmicks: When They Work, When They Fail and Why