What I’ve Got: Desirable Job Applications

As a senior who was hard on the job hunt for most of last semester, I’ve thought a lot recently about not just what makes products desirable, but what makes people desirable “products” for companies.

There are so many hundreds and often thousands of applicants fighting for the same spots. You’ve got to get a company’s attention. And some people are really good at that.

I’m fascinated by creative job applications, so I thought I’d share a few of the most interesting ones I’ve found. All have been successful in at least garnering a lot of Internet attention, and as far as I know, all have ended up successful.


Phil Dub created a resume that looks like a real Amazon page. The details are amazing.

In similar vein, Josh Butler sold himself on ebay, hoping to get a job.

Ed Hamilton’s Google Maps resume shows off his skills based on where he’s traveled.

Loren Burton creates a gorgeous functional site to show off her front-end-engineer skills. Show instead of tell! Great strategy.

And my personal favorite, the reverse job application, which shockingly worked! Andrew Horner is witty and, more importantly, figured out that his unique idea and comic spin would make him desirable to a certain breed of companies, that would probably be exactly the type of place he wanted to work at. Thus, he was able to create a self-filtering mechanism just by the very nature of his presentation!

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