How to be creative in your job search [Facebook LIVE episode #9 on Standing Out]

How to be creative in your job search [Facebook LIVE episode #8 on Standing Out]


If you want to work for a stand-out company that gets loads of resumes then you’ll have to go that extra mile to get noticed. I’ve seen job candidates send recruiters a cake with an imprinted resume. I spoke to the job hunter who recreated an amazon product page where he was the job candidate. If you are bold and have a little extra time to send a little extra love to ensure that you get noticed then do it! Be creative. Be courageous. Be tasteful. Be relevant.

A client has her eyes on a human-centered design company that I admire. The backstory is that I know how competitive landing a role at this firm is. I’m familiar with the quality of this firm’s work and the caliber of its people. My advice to this client was to videotape herself. Her goal was to express why she would be emphatic to designers. The simple answer is because she is an artist herself. I don’t dish out this bold advice to everyone but she’s an artist, creative, and bold. Meanwhile, her ideal employer wants people with this mix and so a videotape makes sense.

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Melissa Llarena

Melissa helps movers and shakers up to those in the corner office rediscover what makes them unique so that they can land their dream job in a forward-thinking company where their ideas are listened to, valued, and supported.

She brings insights from having worked in 16-business units (including Human Resources) in NY, Paris, and London. Additionally, in her former corporate career, she worked on billion-dollar brands for P&G and on IBM for Ogilvy & Mather. Later, as the founder and CEO of Career Outcomes Matter, Melissa created a 3-step “sellable strengths” process which has been the centerpiece of her clients' results.

Melissa applies this method consistently to support mid-level professionals up to the c-suite to get into Fortune Global 500 organizations and agencies. She studied Psychology at NYU and earned her MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

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