Friday, May 27, 2005

Flying Out of The Box

I asked myself, how do you get a chief pilot to read your resume, when he receives a hundred resumes a week? How do you get him to remember yours when you're one of dozens with similar qualifications? How do you get him to keep it, and to call you? How do you stay in someone's face without making them hate you. And then something occurred to me.

If you ever read comic books in the 1970s or 1980s, you might remember the ads for Hostess Twinkies. They took the form of extremely lame comic strips, and the villain was always felled in some unlikely manner, usually through the application of cream-filled dessert cakes.

That's what I need: a resume in the form of a serialized comic strip. Do you remember when you were a kid, no matter how bad the Hostess Twinkie adventures were, you couldn't help but read the things? There's the other option: convince Steve Badger that I'm sane enough to fly his airplanes, but loopy enough that Air Canada would never touch me. Of course, that leaves WestJet, who seem to like their employees a little loopy.

Not that I'd ever do anything that mad. Or did I?

Also the chief pilot of Armadillo Airlines called me yesterday, based on an ordinary, non-cartoon resume. I don't think it will pan out because my PPC is not current on his aircraft, but it's nice to be thought of. And I love his accent.


Anonymous said...

The comic strip idea sounds fab. I know someone who could do it for you, you'd end up looking like a donkey though. ;)

Anonymous said...

Awesome idea. Wish I had used it when I was floating my resume. ~ Jef

Anonymous said...

A cartoon CV sounds fab, if a little different. Maybe a video CV?

Anonymous said...

Ooh! OOh! Perhaps a resume made purely out of breakfast cereals... actually no.

Anoynmous said...

I never heard of those comic strips. I seem to recall cartoon TV commercials with a similar theme, though -- Fruit Pie the Magician or Twinkie the Kid foiling some plot or another in less than 30 seconds.

I have slight experience with a memorable resume. It didn't have the desired effect, as I don't remember anything about the content, but the presentation has stayed with me for more than a decade: it had a small picture of a unicorn in the top left corner, precisely where one would typically place a staple.

If you want to make your resume stand out for the right reasons, you might try putting iconic representations of your qualifications in the left margin, next to the standard text descriptions.