Being a techie is one of the best careers in the world. It lets you work and play at the same time, and it lets you express your personality more than “corporate stiff” jobs.
You still have to deal with people who shouldn’t be allowed near a computer, but at least you get to have some fun on the job. This are a lot of fun ways to make yourself stand out as not just a techie, but the kind any employer would want to hire.
Use QR Codes Creatively
There are a lot of ways you can make use of QR codes. You can put one on your resume so a smart phone using interviewer can access more of your information. You can put a picture of your face on the back of your resume with a QR code on the mouth that activates a speaking video. One especially creative tech applicant did that and wowed his interviewer.
If you want to be really out of this world you can even get a tattoo of a QR code. Nothing says you really want the job quite like making a permanent alteration to your body. Of course, this borders on going too far.
Make Your Business Card and Resume One and the Same
Have you ever wanted to randomly whip out a massive mallet from your back pocket the way a cartoon character might? While no one recommends beating up your potential business contacts, there is an interesting way to share a lot of valuable information about yourself that you can pull right out of your pocket.
They call it the folding resume business card, and what it lacks in a snappy name it more than makes up for with its extraordinary usefulness. With these revolutionary business cards, you can show off your previous tech experience, share all of your contact details, and even relate a good IT joke. Here are a couple to get you started:
“Q: How many tech workers does it take to reformat a hard drive? A: Don’t be crazy–you’ll be lucky if we can spare one!”
“Q: How many techies does it take to screw in a light bulb? A: You WOULD need help with that!”
Engage Synchronicity Just Like the Interviewer
Nothing says “corporate synergy” quite like staring down your interviewer and giving him or her the old Clint Eastwood stare. Interestingly enough, one of the most fundamental things a person can do when they practice neurolinguistic programming on someone else is to mirror their body language, expressions and even the cadence of their breathing.
So if you want to set yourself up as a great IT candidate, you have to actually go out and meet people. Yes, that is the craziest and most distinctive thing on this entire list, because everybody knows techies just hang out in caves and see other human beings as infrequently as possible–preferably after a few shots of “liquid courage.”
You’ve got a profile, right? Your Facebook isn’t just active for your sprawling virtual farm, and your online resume can be as fancy as you want it to be. On some online store websites you can actually “sell” a meeting with yourself for nominal fee, and offer guarantees such as:
- A firm handshake
- A custom, limited-edition business card
- A top-of-the-line hard copy resume
You’re always selling yourself in some way, and this way doesn’t involve strolling around the boardwalk in those annoying high heels and that itchy wig.
Get a Billboard, or a Your-Name-Here-Board
Billboards are great places to show important messages, report on perennially bad traffic and hang hot air balloons when they’re not in use. A billboard can even be a great way to market yourself professionally.
If your services are for sale, make an ad out of it. If the hiring manager is into entrepreneurial and outside-the-box strategies it can be a feather in your cap to take it a step further. If all else fails and you don’t get the job, you can always just parlay your advertising into some freelance work.
Shutting It Down
When you want to be a professional techie and go above and beyond the basics of keeping technical things in order, you need to think outside the box about how you’ll market yourself. There are a million people out there with professional experiences and certifications similar to yours.
Many of those people even got higher GPAs than you did, slacker. So you need to do something wild and crazy to prove that you’re not just another nerd. You need to combine the best parts of a knowledgeable IT worker with the best parts of a class clown, because personality sells better than logic any day.