The Most Ridiculous Ways People Apply for a Job in Today’s Economy

Landing a job can be tough. There’s a lot of competition out there, so it’s important to do your best to stand out from the sea of applicants. It’s not enough to be average or even good. You need a unique personality, as well as qualifications that can’t be found anywhere else. You have to be special — the golden, sparkly unicorn no hiring manager can pass up.

This might be you, but how do you make that clear to your potential boss? You could send your old, boring resume and cover letter. Or you could rip a page out of the playbook of some bold job seekers who demand to be noticed.

Although it’s great to get noticed, you don’t want to get too wild when it comes to standing out. A survey conducted on behalf of CareerBuilder by Harris Poll revealed some stunts are just way too out there. One hiring manager reported during the month of October a candidate came dressed in a Halloween costume. Another manager said a candidate sent a shoe with a flower in it and a note that said, “Trying to get my foot in the door.”

Fortunately, there are better ways to be remembered. Here are 16 crazy ways to get hired.

1. Turn yourself into a Lego person

The Lego Movie

Become a Lego. Get the job. | Warner Bros.

If you really want to be seen, build a Lego version of yourself, and create an ad with your job qualifications. One ambitious Reddit user, who goes by username PastLightSpeed, created a Lego ad of herself and told people about it on Reddit. After news of her project went viral, she was called for an interview and landed a job with advertising agency BBDO.

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