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Designer Sends A Box Of Cookies To Agency, Lands Dream Job & Free Chocolate
By Jillian Wong, 07 Apr 2014
We’re big fans of individuals who come up with creative ways to snag a coveted job, be it an awesome LEGO-themed résumé, a fake pill packaging leaflet or a CV disguised as a box of chocolates. Aside from being a great way to sell their skills and experience, these unconventional approaches showcase their imagination and out-of-the-box thinking, traits that any creative position calls for.
When her dream job of Junior Designer opened up at We Are Social, designer Crystal Nunn decided to combine her love of baking cookies with some brand strategy tips that she had been reading up on.
She came up with a recipe for vegan cookies using the main ingredient of Beyond Dark chocolate, which took two weeks to perfect. The packaging was based on that of the brand, and Nunn faithfully replicated its style from the colors, graphics, typeface and copy, and added a twist to the tagline to read ‘Beyond Ideas.’
She created and printed a template, copied her CV and portfolio to a USB thumbdrive, and stuck it on the inside of the lid with a note. She then wrapped the box in brown paper–because “there’s always something mystifying about packages wrapped in brown paper”–and affixed a hand-written label that was stamped urgent.
Finally, Nunn emailed a special HTML-based application to the agency’s dedicated email address, the creative lead, and the creative directors Graham Jenks and James Nester. Full disclosure: Nester is the co-founder of Beyond Dark.
Nunn made the one hour journey from her home to the We Are Social office, and dropped the package off at reception just before lunchtime.
Her tactic worked–Graham contacted her on Twitter within one hour and an interview was scheduled shortly after, which eventually led to Nunn landing the position.
Happily, Beyond Dark heard about her stunt and offered her free chocolate as well as a consultation role, making for a sweet ending to the whole experience.
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[via Crystal Nunn]
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