Getting a job after graduating is the toughest. More so if you are switching career like Andy Morris. You see, Morris, who have recently graduated from University of South Wales with a degree in Interior Design, is making a mid-career switch from the finance sector to the creative industry. As you can see, the two are vastly different areas of expertise which a person like Andy would find it hard convincing new employers of his artistic and creative capabilities. And being 34 years of age doesn’t quite help either. He knew it will be a tall order even to just make an interview and so Andy did something nobody did before to make himself stand out from the competitions.
Instead of the usual paper curriculum vitae everyone sends to potential employers, Andy created a LEGO Minifigure CV. Basically, he created a LEGO minifig version of himself. It bears his likeness, complete with a laptop and a tiny paper CV in its hands, and packed it inside a custom blister pack with a brief overview of his background and contact information printed on the back of the card. This outstanding CV not only give potential employers a quick glance at Andy’s qualifications, but it also showcase his ability to think out-of-the-box and his attention to details.
Just look at his CV. You’d be hard pressed not to be impressed by the tiny details, such as the age, the logo, the words’ typeface and layout, that together make it feel like a real toy issue. Well, Andy, if I were a potential employer, I’d call you up right away. Forget about tweets. I will be on the phone right there and then. Andy Morris’ approach reminds me of a story of a young graduate who had her eyes on a particular job. After many failed attempt to get herself into an interview. She took drastic measures. She found ways to get to know the CEO’s secretary and learned bits of details about her potential boss. You know, details like what his favorite food is and stuff.
Armed with this important info, this young lass went ahead, bought a pizza of the boss’ fancy and sent it in with a note saying “I have been trying to get an interview with you for a job…” (or something of similar effect). Not surprisingly, we heard she got an interview and even secured a career in the company. Now, if only all bosses are this appreciative. I am talking to you Mark Zuckerberg. Sorry. I think I may have just got carried away. I sent a doodle-based CV (a pretty impressive one, if I can say so myself) to Mark once, but I guess it got buried somewhere… but that was many years ago.
Anyways, we heard Morris have since scored an interview with with Cardiff-based ad agency, S3. Way to go, Morris!
Images: Andy Morris.