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Sell Yourself

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Earlier in the semester, someone showed me a link to this story. This young woman was applying for internships and came up with a very creative way to get noticed.

She turned herself into a Lego project kit, complete with pieces, and used it as her resume. I think the idea is brilliant, for one. No one else is going to have anything like this and you will definitely stand out. She definitely went the extra mile and was hopefully rewarded for her creativity.

And she wasn’t even a designer!

Granted, she was applying to advertising agencies, which is also a creative career choice, but this required so much more than clever copywriting.

As designers entering one of the toughest job markets in American history, we need to be able to go the extra mile sometimes to get where we want to be.  Showing creativity as your first impression can get you a dream job. Take a risk and come up with something unique!

What are some of your strategies to sell yourself and get  noticed?

Here’s a link to an article about Leah and her Lego resume: http://www.adweek.com/adfreak/most-adorable-r-sum-ever-aspiring-intern-pitches-lego-version-herself-agencies-156557

3 Comments

  1. Woojung Cheon wrote:

    Her lego theme really is interesting and creative. In creative fields like design, we need to make sure that we show everyone how creative we are and what we can do. There are “safe” formats and textbook answers to these. However, I think it is always a good idea to come up with something new and creative. I think something that resembles smartphone UI can be an example.

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 2:08 pm | Permalink
  2. HongJae Jeon wrote:

    I think different. Creativity is impressive. If you are the first person turn those kind of brilliant resume for job, they maybe impressed or even grant your job.

    However, They would not do that in most of the cases.

    These lego resume becomes news becuase it is rare cases. however It is rare because it is accepted.

    Resume is something like take home exam.

    there are expectation and boundaries where your creativity can utilized within.

    We have to consider your creative resume is within the area of their limitation.

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 7:13 pm | Permalink
  3. Carly Peak wrote:

    I say, A+ for a strong conceptual idea, but it is true that there aren’t as many Lego nerds in the world as we would like to think.

    I’ve been to a few AIGA events in DC and Baltimore, and one of the most crucial things I’ve learned is having a “leave behind” for a job interview.

    One woman had made a small book that had very small inserts of her resume and some of her portfolio work. The inserts were attached by Velcro. It was really well made.

    Being creative designers, a creative leave behind is a perfect opportunity to keep that interviewer thinking about you!

    Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 4:04 am | Permalink