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NY Man Posts Resume on Candy Bar, Lands Job

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- For any job searcher, there is nothing quite as sweet as landing a job in a tough economy. For one specific job seeker, Nick Begley, of New York, the sweetness was in how he landed the job.

Begley, 32, used the label of a candy bar to sell himself to potential employers, crafting his resume onto a “Resume Bar.”

Using the tagline, “Credentials that will satisfy any organization’s appetite,” Begley sold himself on the bar as an “experienced marketing professional” with a serving size of “1 career.”  Instead of calories, the bar listed his education level (MBA) and instead of vitamin counts, the bar’s label touted Begley’s 110% work ethic, 100% communication and 100% versatility, among others.

Begley created 12 of the bars after he completed his MBA at the University of Central Florida in 2009 and was searching for jobs in New York.  His unique take on the job search got a second life this week when his friend, Eli Langer, posted a photo of the bar on Reddit, where it has received more than 3,000 comments.

“People are either going to love or hate it,” Begley told ABC News on Friday.  “My focus was to find an organization that would embrace it because if they weren’t open to that kind of out-of-the-box thinking, that wouldn’t be a company that I would fit in well with anyways.”

Begley had already found an organization, the Orlando Magic basketball franchise, that embraced his creativity while in graduate school.  The team hired him for a summer internship after receiving a “Resume Bar,” which gave Begley all the confidence he needed to try it again.

The sweet approach worked a second time as Begley landed a marketing job less than two months after graduating from UCF with LeagueApps in 2009, a platform that connects adult recreational athletes.

Begley, who also once had his resume delivered along with a pizza, says his brother, Jeremy, designed the label for him and he had it printed at Kinko’s.  He put the label atop a standard Nestle Crunch bar, making his resume not-so-ordinary for less than $2.50 per bar, he estimates.

“Of course,” Begley said when asked if it was worth it.  “It was creative and put me ahead [with potential employers] as far as understanding that I was willing to go the extra mile.”

Begley now works for a Toronto-based e-commerce entertainment company, a job he found the old-fashioned way.

“I was recruited by someone I used to work with,” he said.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio


Dos and Don'ts When Submitting a Resume

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) -- Looking for a job?  Well, make sure your resume doesn't have any spelling mistakes.  You may also want to consider transforming your resume into a Rubik's Cube.

In a new CareerBuilder survey of nearly 2,300 hiring managers in the U.S., 61 percent say they would automatically dismiss a candidate whose resume includes typos.

Other mistakes to avoid:

  • Resumes that copied large amounts of wording from the job posting: 41 percent of hiring managers would dismiss an applicant for making this mistake.
  • Resumes with an inappropriate email address: 35 percent.
  •  Resumes that don’t include a list of skills: 30 percent.
  • Resumes that are more than two pages long: 22 percent.
  • Resumes printed on decorative paper: 20 percent.
  • Resumes that detail more tasks than results for previous positions: 16 percent.
  • Resumes that include a photo: 13 percent.
  • Resumes that have large blocks of text with little white spaces: 13 percent.

While it's important that your resume stands out from the pack, you don't want to make it so unusual that it turns off the employer.  Here are some examples of awkward applications cited in the survey:

  • Candidate’s cover letter talked about her family being in the mob.
  • Candidate applying for a management job listed “gator hunting” as a skill.
  • Candidate’s resume included "phishing" as a hobby.
  • Candidate specified that her resume was set up to be sung to the tune of The Brady Bunch.
  • Candidate highlighted the fact that he was “Homecoming Prom Prince” in 1984.
  • Candidate claimed to be able to speak “Antartican” when applying for a job to work in Antarctica.
  • Candidate’s resume had a photo of the applicant reclining in a hammock under the headline "Hi, I'm _____ and I'm looking for a job."
  • Candidate’s resume was decorated with pink rabbits.
  • Candidate listed “to make dough” as the objective on the resume.
  • Candidate applying for an accounting job said he was “deetail-oriented” and spelled the company’s name incorrectly.

Conversely, here are some examples of applications that made a positive impression on employers and led to hires:

  • Candidate sent his resume in the form of an oversized Rubik's Cube, where you had to push the tiles around to align the resume.
  • Candidate who had been a stay-at-home mom listed her skills as nursing, housekeeping, chef, teacher, bio-hazard cleanup, fight referee, taxi driver, secretary, tailor, personal shopping assistant and therapist.
  • Candidate applying for a food and beverage management position sent a resume in the form of a fine-dining menu.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Listing Your Dog as a Reference, and Other Resume Mistakes

Creatas Images/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) -- Making a good impression with a mistake-free resume is more important than ever in today’s tight labor market, but there are always going to be job candidates who shoot themselves in the foot with items that stand out for the wrong reasons. recently asked human resource managers and hiring managers to recall the most unusual resumes they'd seen.  

Here are among the most memorable:

-- Candidate said the more you paid him, the harder he worked.
-- Candidate was fired from different jobs, but included each one as a reference.
-- Candidate said he just wanted an opportunity to show off his new tie.
-- Candidate listed her dog as reference.
-- Candidate listed the ability to do the moonwalk as a special skill.
-- Candidates -- a husband and wife looking to job share -- submitted a co-written poem.
-- Candidate included "versatile toes" as a selling point.
-- Candidate said that he would be a "good asset to the company," but failed to include the "et" in the word "asset."
-- Candidate's email address on the resume had "shakinmybootie" in it.
-- Candidate included that she survived a bite from a deadly aquatic animal.
-- Candidate used first name only.
-- Candidate asked, "Would you pass up an opportunity to hire someone like this?  I think not."
-- Candidate insisted that the company pay him to interview with them because his time was valuable.
-- Candidate shipped a lemon with resume, stating "I am not a lemon."
-- Candidate included that he was arrested for assaulting his previous boss.

The survey involved 2,654 hiring managers.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Workplace Game Changer? Website Lets You Rate Co-Workers

Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- You can already rate movies, restaurants and products online. Now, wants you to rate your co-workers too.

When it debuted earlier this year, some tech blogs were merciless with their criticism, calling it everything from a "clean, well-lighted place for defamation" to a "public bathroom wall for everyone on the planet" to "a completely evil social network."

The site is accessible to anyone with a Facebook account over the age of 21.

Detractors have said there is little to stop conversation on the website from descending into the hate-fests found on so many sites with anonymous comments.

But the site's founder, Peter Kazanjy, and others say in the months since its launch, the site has not only maintained a professional tone, it has become a resource for those looking to hire or build a business.

Kazanjy said his site is intended to be an online resource for those managing and researching professional reputations. It's not about what you might have done at a college party years ago, he said, but rather about a person's management style, productivity, integrity and relationships.

"Professional reputation resides in the brains of all your colleagues and co-workers, and it's very hard to access that," he told ABC News. "This is the place for productive conversation about this topic."

Using mechanisms similar to those that power review-sharing sites like Yelp, TripAdvisor and Amazon, Kazanjy said his site is trying to provide an honest and candid window into a person's professional identity.

Like the popular professional networking site LinkedIn, users can request reviews of themselves and provide reviews of co-workers or others in their industry. But the key -- and controversial -- difference is that all reviews are anonymous and users can't delete any reviews about themselves.

"At the end of the day, we think that people are good," he said. "We have seen [that] if you give them a platform where they can share their professional opinion, but they know there are incentives for good behavior and disincentives for bad behavior, then they don't engage in bad behavior and they engage in good behavior. And I think we anticipate seeing that pattern continue."

Copyright 2010 ABC News Radio

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