I'll be honest here, I don't know much about recruiting. What I do know more than my fair share about is job hunting. Although, now that I think about it, I could sum up all that knowledge pretty easily with two little words...
In today's world of Craigslist, Monster and CareerBuilder the 21 million Americans that faced unemployment last year (myself included) have got it rough. It's not enough that the economy is in bad shape and jobs are already scarce, now the unknown worker has to face the ignoble task of submitting résumé after résumé to completely faceless entities knowing full well that, thanks to the ease with which thousands of other people can do the same, all that matters is whether or not they happen to have the right keywords in their CV. Where's the opportunity to make an impression?
After almost a year of being caught in that hamster wheel I've decided to change tactics. No more job hunting, time for job fishing.
I've launched a website called "Greatest Employee in the World" where I'm holding a HUGE global competition in which, literally, any company on the planet can "win" the opportunity to pay my salary. Inverse recruiting? Maybe.
In addition to "getting to pay my salary" for six months, I'll also be posting daily blogs and producing a weekly short form documentary web video (Much like my former, multi-award-winning series, Amtrekker) about my adventures in the new position.
To enter the contest, any company can head over to http://www.greatestemployeeintheworld.com (or GEitW.com, if you're prone to carpal tunnel) and post a one minute video and a job description about their proposed job offer and for the next two months the public will vote on which position they would most like to see me take on. On April 23rd the contest will close and the top seven job offers, as chosen by the viewers, as well as another three wildcard picks will all be interviewed on video and those ten videos will be posted on the site for an additional week of voting to narrow the field down to the final four.
Finally, come May, I'll announce the winner!
Here's why I'm so excited about this: To quote Michael Scott, "It's a win/win...win."
Every company that enters, even those that don't make the top ten, will be getting free exposure and an opportunity to put their company in the best possible light, despite a flagging job market, simply by showing off an interesting position.
The winner will receive, well...um...me. But that means not only do they get someone creative, intelligent and personable to fill a position that, presumably, needs to be filled anyway but with it comes a buzz-filled web marketing extravaganza that most companies don't have the time, knowledge or inclination to create on their own!
And for me?
I don't even have to think about opening Craigslist for at least six more months.