Last week on May the Fourth, the day celebrating all things Star Wars, we launched three lucky jobseekers’ CVs into space in a world-first exercise. Lucy, David, and Sam saw their profiles displayed on a digital screen over 100,000 feet above the Earth, captured in 4K and shared with thousands of employers and recruiters nationwide.
We’re thrilled to report that more than one of our winners has entered discussions with a prospective employer who saw their CV thanks to the launch, and we wish the best of luck to all three of them in their future careers. Today, we’ll be sharing just how the launch was conducted with some exclusive peeks behind the scenes of the launch day, as well as giving you some top tips for other outside-the-box approaches to raising your profile to recruiters and potential employers.
How we sent CVs in space
We partnered with Sent Into Space, a space agency specialising in marketing and using the majesty of space to share a message with people back on Earth. Dr Chris Rose from the Sent Into Space team explains how the launch took place in their Behind the Scenes film about the project, featuring our very own Head of Marketing Hannah Scragg.
The launch day was a spectacular event, and while current social distancing guidelines meant that Lucy, David, and Sam were unable to attend the launch in person, they got to track the flight path taken by their CVs in real-time and see their CVs in space just minutes after the craft touched down.
Unusual ways to stand out in your job search
Launching CVs in space is a giant leap beyond what most people can accomplish as a self-promotion exercise, but there are plenty of ways you can work to make yourself stand out amongst other candidates. Like our previous competition winner, James Pemblington, you could put your CV on the side of a bus, or project it onto the side of a building at night.
As well as increasing the visibility of your CV, leverage your social networks for the better. LinkedIn is first and foremost a professional networking site, but entertaining posts, photos, and videos about working life spread just as fast here as on any other social media platform.
Simply putting your name out there with an insightful post, then mentioning your search for employment, could be just the thing that puts you on a recruiter’s radar. Just as Zoek’s intelligent job matching finds relevant opportunities on your behalf, why not let the social algorithm do the work of bringing employers to you?
Finally, even in the digital age, it remains true that many people end up finding work through the oldest mechanisms: word of mouth and personal recommendations. For better or worse, if you have friends, acquaintances, or family who work in the same industry as you’re pursuing, a word in the right ear can be that first boost that takes you from just one in a pile of hundreds of applications to a candidate worthy of serious consideration.
Going above and beyond with Zoek and TopCV
Aside from all the great ways you can get your CV out there in front of potential employers, there’s no substitute for plain hard work in the job search. Simply put, the more applications you send out, the more chances you have of getting a job. So how can we help?
For this campaign, Zoek partnered with TopCV to give our winners’ CVs a professional rewrite and more. A professionally polished CV and cover letter help you make the best first impression possible with recruiters. TopCV don’t just handle CVs, they can also provide support with cover letters and LinkedIn profiles, to give you every tool to showcase your top qualities.
Once you have your perfect CV, Zoek’s intelligent job matching technology helps you to find just the jobs that match your preferred career path and skillset, without bogging you down in daily emails that don’t meet your needs. We can even help you apply to multiple jobs at a time with our job cart feature, saving you time and effort to optimise your job search.
And of course, keep an eye out for any future competitions that could give you a boost, like our winners. In the meantime, May the Fourth be with you in your job search.