The Stunt CV

 

The guy who handed in his resume taped to the top of a pizza box at lunchtime may be the stuff of office legend, but that kind of stunt is OLD. Attention-getting and belly-filling, but definitely tired. Anybody can dial a pizzeria. If you’re going to use a stunt as your calling card, then you’ve got to step it up a notch.

First, though – how do you feel about a stunt cv? Or a post-interview thank-you card accompanied by a lovely and tastefully small gift? Some feel it’s absolutely stupid schmoozerama, and others feel it makes you stand out from the crowd.

A stunt can seem like the personal touch. I once got a boozy coffee for someone who seemed really stressed out (due to bad news I’d brought her) which was both illegal and mollifying. I don’t know that it made her feel better – only the happy discovery that the calamity was an easily  fixable computer glitch did that – but it allowed me some kind of input beyond handwringing and sympathetic murmuring. And I once brought wine instead of coffee to an informational interview. I fear there’s a common theme here…perhaps I ought to stick with cupcakes. 

Speaking of cake, how about this guy? Chris Holmes decided to quit his day job in favour of his dream to open his own cake shop. I was sure it was a snippy “Take this job and slice it!” type letter until I read and realized it was as fun as it is practical. Not only did he write a polite and cheery goodbye, but the cheeky thing included ordering information for those who’d like to contact him at his next place of business. Which, of course, has now expanded beyond the offices of the U.K. Border Agency at Stansted Airport where he worked formerly, to a global circulation. All the while showcasing his very precise handiwork. http://newyork.grubstreet.com/2013/04/english-man-quits-job-with-cake.html

This is a resignation letter, business card, incredibly successful PR stunt, and delightful tea-time treat, all in one.

We can’t all be quite so bold. If you are going to use a stunt, make sure it is positive, relevant and unimposing. Easily captured on social media.  And tasty, if at all possible. 

3 Responses to “The Stunt CV”


  1. 1 theresapr April 16, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    And that’s your cv – what about your book? We are seeing marketing material with gags and gimmicks more often and more often. Outrageous book trailers are deliberately laden with shock value (see the trailer for Husk by Cory Redekop @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Aww3ARfyxkthe – WARNING: trailer this garnered equal amount of amusement and revulsion from the crowd when I first saw it). More innocent and tech savvy stunts include the use of augmented reality in Kenneth Oppel’s This Dark Endevour, which encouraged teens to use their phones to find out clues related to the storyline. http://kennethoppel.blogspot.ca/2011/09/this-dark-endeavor-and-augmented.html

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