So is Jamie Varon…
“My name is Jamie Varon and I’m living in Danville, CA (if you haven’t heard of it, no worries) right now, hoping to move into San Francisco soonish, rather than laterish. The sole purpose of this site is simple: I want to get hired at Twitter and the only way to stand out in this competitive job market is to do something unique.”
I’ve heard many stories lately from people my age that have either lost their job, are about to lose their job, or haven’t found a job in the first place.
According to Forbes and their layoff tracker (as of this writing), there have been 511,925 layoffs since Nov. 1 2008 at America’s 500 largest public companies.
Something tells me that simply submitting resumes online and wearing a suit to interviews (if your lucky) isn’t going to cut it anymore. Time to think way outside the box and do something that demonstrates your expertise in your field. In the case of the recent graduates, many of us haven’t had enough work experience to substantiate a worth while track record.
So what to do?
Things I might do if I wanted to be in…
- Finance: Invest a small amount of money and demonstrate that you have the ability to earn good returns. Percentages not dollars. See Stocktwits
- Real Estate: Find a building you think is worth buying. Asses its value. Record its cash flow. Demonstrate why and how you know this is a good deal in a mini business plan.
- Digital Media: See Jamie Varon – Screenshot of her site below
- Doctor: Study very, very, very hard for your MCATs.
- Lawyer: Study very, very, very hard for your LSATs.
- Technology: Build something. Patent something.
- Journalist: Start a blog and a good one. Better yet, start a digital magazine and get some of your peers to be contributors.
- Fashion/Artist: Create your own portfolio. Make it available online. Go to trade shows and network.
What can you do?
Here is a screen shot of Jamie’s site.