That’s one way to handle it

Published 9:57 pm Wednesday, December 10, 2008

It’s a tough world out there to try and get a job.

No matter how stressful this job can get, I have to remind myself how blessed I am that the Suffolk News-Herald still keeps me around.

A bunch of my friends are job-hunting right now, and it’s a tireless process.

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One of my friends worked as a junior account manager for an advertising firm in Virginia Beach while getting her MBA from Old Dominion.

She got engaged this fall and relocated to North Carolina, where she has spent the past three months unemployed and desperately searching.

Needless to say, when I came across a recent article on CNN – she was one of the first of my friends that came to mind.

A woman in California has been so desperate for a job she now walks around town with her resume posted to herself.

Kelly Kinney puts her resume on the front of her T-shirt and a cover letter on the back, and calls it a day.

“Publicity is something I have always been good at and basically, the name of the game is how you can get noticed, how you can distinguish yourself from everybody else,” she said in the article.

She says that for the past three months she has applied for about 40 jobs a day, with little to no response. The employers who do call her back are offering jobs well below her pay grade.

“It just sort of feels like my resume is going into a giant stack with everybody else’s,” she said. “It’s extremely frustrating. You get to the point where you say, ‘What is going on? What else can I be doing?’”

I guess wearing her resume was what else she could be doing.

When I was in college, I remember the school hosting job fairs and resume-writing seminars and mock interviews for graduating seniors.

The funny thing is that I do not remember the special workshop on resume fashions. Apparently, this could have been very helpful information.

The jury is still out on whether this is an effective method of putting yourself out there — after all, Kinney is still jobless. But you’ve got to give her points for thinking outside of the box.

Anyway, I’m very glad I stumbled upon this article when I did, because now I know what I’ll be making for all of my job-searching friends this Christmas.