Looking for and landing a position seems to be tougher than ever. Sending out resumes in the "black hole" for job postings can make you weary. Trying to locate a job in the "hidden job market" means getting past rocks, firewalls or gatekeepers.
With the current economy not showing much change, sometimes it helps to come up with a different and unique approach to landing a job. There was the sandwich board guy in New York who was featured on CNN. Some places like schools, churches and groups have started reverse job fairs.
Howard Friedenberg decided to take matters into his own hands. Specifically to a website and to BART. He and a group of job seekers in the East Bay have set up a website www.weallneedjobs.com and have put themselves on a billboard banner at a Bart Station. Actually four banners at four stations up and down the East Bay.
The billboard has their photos on it, the website address and is worded to draw your attention. This isn't your typical buy our product ad.
"The website and the posters became a necessity not only for my fellow job seekers, but for me personally," Howard remarked. " I needed to start and create a completed project that would be slightly different, yet have a positive impact and give everyone an energy boost."
The group plans to run the billboards for eight weeks. Their website allows you to highlight each individuals photo to see their position title and you can then click on it to find out more about them. There is also a drop down menu to search for specific titles. You can contact each member directly.
How unique is that ?
Do we have your attention now ?
Chevron ? Google ? Kaiser ?
As Howard and the members say , they are your friends, neighbors and perhaps former co-workers. They all have something special to offer a company. They contributed to businesses and companies all around the Bay Area....till they lost their jobs.
But their skills are as sharp as ever.
The job seekers were featured last week in a KPIX Channel 5 segment, which can be viewed from the website.
So those of you looking for a new way to jump start your search, try thinking "out of the box." Get your name, skills and maybe your photo out there.