It seems like I keep reading about more and more ingenious ways people are using the web to land the job of their dreams.

I wanted to pool some of my favourites into one post, starting with the latest stunt by Bas van de Poel  and Daan Van Dam which they lovingly call ‘Twitter Job Hustle’

Their aim? To get noticed by the creative directors at top agencies including W+K, AKQA, Boondoggle and Poke, as well as companies like Nike and Google.

Result? They landed a job at Boondoggle! Check out the video:

Next up is Alec Brownstein, a copywriter from NYC who wanted to land a job at a awesome agency.

Alec’s approach was to use the power of Google Adwords (the ads that appear on Google search which anyone can purchase). Armed with $6, he purchased the top ad spots for the names of the creative directors he admired the most, in the hope that they would have egotisical moment and Google themselves.

Everybody Googles themselves,” Brownstein explained. “Even if they don’t admit it. I wanted to invade that secret, egotistical moment when [the creative directors I admired] were most vulnerable.

Once the creative directors Googled themselves they got the ad – “Hey, [creative director’s name]: Goooogling [sic] yourself is a lot of fun. Hiring me is fun, too” with a link to Brownstein’s website,”

Alec got a call from ALL of the creative directors and was offered a job at Scott Virtrone and Y&R. He took the job at Y&R and is now a senior copywriter there!

Check the vid:

Redesigning a popular service is easy, improving the user experience is much harder.

That’s the approach Dublin web designer Youssef Sarhan has taken with his Tumblr blog called Yo Zuck Implement This, which showcases a load of improvements, features and ideas he has had  for Facebook.


Some of the ideas are very smart like the group chat and chat translate examples above.

It wasn’t long before the blog got featured on Techcrunch, CNET and tons of other sites.

Then it happened, Youssef got a call from Facebook for a interview. Sadly he never got the job there but the exposure got him several offers, eventually landing a role at Blaast in Helsinki, Finland.