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From singing to being ‘sold’ on Flipkart: Quirky, wacky CVs to land dream jobs

They’ve made videos poking fun at a future employer, turned CVs into 3D art, created a Flipkart product page where they were the product - and more often than not, it’s worked.

more lifestyle Updated: Mar 27, 2017 18:48 IST
Anesha George
Anesha George
Hindustan Times
Wacky CVs,Creative resumes,Quirky CVs

Every job aspirant wants their CV to catch the eye of potential employers. But there are some people who will do anything to stand out -- ‘sell’ themselves via Flipkart, create viral videos making fun of a future employer, singing and dancing in an interview to show they really want the job.

Meet six people whose job applications really stood out:

1. This guy who applied for a job at GQ by creating a 20-page magazine just like GQ

Sumukh Mehta, 22, crafted a 20-page resume last year that looked exactly like an edition of GQ magazine. GQ was so impressed that editor-in chief Dylan Jones offered him a six-month paid internship in London. His visa never came through, but it did lead to more good news. He runs Your Pitchh in Bangalore, a company that helps others make their CVs stand out.

2. This animation artist who created a resume that literally stood out

Delhi’s Mohit Lakhmani, 29, was tired of freelancing. So in 2012, the animation artist decided to apply to advertising company J Walter Thomson India. He created a 3D, paper-sculpted resume and stood with it in the lobby of JWT’s New Delhi office. It caught the creative director’s eye and he was hired as senior art director. He now runs his own design company.

3. Can ‘selling’ yourself in a Flipkart flash sale land you a job?

Aakash Mittal, 24, was in his final year of ocean engineering and naval architecture at IIT-Kharagpur when he heard Flipkart was coming in for campus interviews. Desperate to stand out, he created a resume that looked exactly like a Flipkart product page. He didn’t get a slot with them, but his CV was big hit online and he got 14 other job offers — and 3 marriage proposals. He now works with a logistics company that was one of the 14.

4. And this incredible CV which brought out the entire kitchen - rotis, sabzi, sweet dish!

Rajkamal Aich, an art director from New Delhi, has turned his CV into a rather unusual showcase of his talent. He’s created a pie-chart using bread and butter, symbolising how he earns his bread and butter. A bar chart using a roti, to represent his work experience. A piece of chikki cut into pieces to represent his skills. All in a bid to get a job overseas. He hasn’t had much success so far, but he’s now making a Lego-based resume.

5. This job application which was a song and dance affair

Siddhanth Valecha, 24, was bored of being an architect and wanted to quit. But his dad had one condition — he had to find another job within a week. On Day 5, he landed an interview with a PR company. They weren’t impressed. Why would they want to hire an architect? Because he wanted it more than anyone else, he said. To prove it, he sang a little song, did a little dance. Later that day, he also called one of his interviewers back and pitched a product live, on the phone. He got an internship, was hired full-time, and now runs his own PR company.

6. Ever heard of a rant landing you a job? Well, for this Roadies aspirant it did!

Vishal Chopra, 24, didn’t make it past the audition for MTV Roadies. So, the Chandigarh boy went home and created a video blog, ranting about how the show sucked, the judges were awful and had broken his heart. The video went viral — and he got a call from MTV. They signed Vishal on as ‘Doctor VC’. His job? To create official spoof videos reviewing Roadies Season 9.

Want to follow in their unorthodox footsteps? Here are some tips from creators of these wacky resumes:

First Published: Mar 25, 2017 23:47 IST