Working in the marketing field there is constant pressure to ‘think outside the box’ and to continuously come up with new and different campaign ideas – but how about applying that creativity to searching for a job in the first place?
Féilim Mac An Iomaire, an Irish man from Galway, has done just that. Féilim has rented a billboard on one of Dublin’s busy commuter roads for his poster plea ‘Save Me From Emigration’. The billboard shows Féilim with suitcase in hand looking across the water to famous landmarks from the skylines of Toronto, London, Sydney and New York.
Féilim has been searching, unsuccessfully, for a job since returning from Australia last August. Despite having a B.Comm from NUI Galway, Féilim, like many others in Ireland at the moment, has had no success in getting a job even though he has applied for well over a 100 positions in the last 10 months.
Féilim has said that he has felt the traditional ‘cover letter and cv’ method of applying for jobs doesn’t allow an applicant to show their creativity, and has decided to embark on this last ditch effort before throwing in the towel and emigrating to greener pastures.
In addition to the billboard, which also has the contact address firstname.lastname@example.org, Féilim has set up a Facebook page and Twitter account. He already has 1,703 people following him on Facebook and countless messages of support are pouring in.
Féilim’s innovative idea has caught people’s attention and he has already spoken on a number of Irish radio programmes, as well as on the national evening news.
This combination of coverage along with his obvious natural creativity will undoubtedly open doors for him. Who wouldn’t want someone showing this kind of initiative on their team? Aside from that, whoever hires him is guaranteed a lot of free publicity!
Good luck Féilim.
UPDATE: Féilim lands a job with Paddy Power.