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Job hunting gone wild

by Chris Carter

WATERLOO (KWWL) -- You've heard the news -- more than ten million Americans are unemployed.  Snagging a job can seem as likely as winning the lottery these days, so job hunters are doing whatever it takes.  And we're not just talking about polishing a resume and honing interview skills.

How far would you go to land the perfect job?  Would you dance an Irish jig?  Lead a congo line?  Dye your hair blue?

"Candidates are looking for unusual ways to make sure they stand out in the crowd, and I think that's only going to increase as the market gets tighter," said Rosemary Haefner from careerbuilder.com.

According to a recent survey by careerbuilder.com, 12% of hiring managers surveyed said they've seen an increase in unusual job hunting tactics in the last year.

"Some of the ones that stand out to me is somebody got a billboard and put up there that they were looking for a job," said Michael Erwin of careerbuilder.com.  "And another person wore a shirt to an interview that said, 'please hire me' and my favorite: someone sent breakfast to the office every day until he was hired ".

"Many of the candidates we talked to had said doing some of these crazy antics have really helped them to secure a job and so there are some good ideas out there of what would work," said Colleen Reilly, director of communications, Method.

In some companies, like Colleen Reilly's, creativity is a must. They require all prospects to show what they'll do to keep the company 'weird'.

"The whole company has gotten to vote on my hair color three different times," said Reilly.

The idea?  To find employees who will fit in with the company's hip environment.  When Michelle Hall went in for her interview for brand manager, she lead a spontaneious yoga class.  She got hired.  But, be aware, not every company values that kind of creativity.

"You have to know your audience. If you're going into a job at an accounting firm, you might treat that a little bit differently," said Hall.

Your best bet? learn about the company's corporate culture before you apply.  And while you want to be memorable...experts warn... "be careful that you're not remembered for the wrong reason." And never do anything you don't feel comfortable with personally.

Bottom line?  In job hunting - even in today's economy - experts say nothing can replace a good old fashioned, well- crafted resume. Back to you.

Online Reporter:  Chris Carter

Online Producer:  Dani Blecha

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