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Maybe not the Best Job Search Plan, but an Interesting One...

From the Chronicle of Higher Education...(I recommend checking out the comments in the link).

Student Uses eBay and Twitter to Find a Job

It was a week before his graduation from Pennsylvania State University, and John Pereca was getting anxious that he didn’t have any prospective jobs lined up.

That’s when he decided to auction off an interview with himself on eBay. He promoted his auction on Twitter, in an effort to increase Web traffic.

“The career services [at Penn State] were helpful,” Mr. Pereca said, “but they were a lot more helpful for someone looking for a job in Pittsburgh or a job in Philadelphia, but not for someone who’s looking for work in New York City,” closer to his home on Long Island, N.Y.

As a finance major, Mr. Pereca had taken a course in marketing and knew that if he wanted to stand out to a potential employer, he would need to differentiate himself from the crowd. So he took out a $60 ad on eBay, starting at a 99-cent bid for “the right to interview and potentially hire” him.

“Things like this get noticed all the time,” he said. “I thought, ‘Hey, this could work.’”

He posted pictures of himself and of his résumé on the Web site and included a link on his Facebook and Twitter accounts. Realizing that celebrities often have hundreds, if not thousands, of fans checking their Twitter pages, Mr. Pereca started to post on the walls of Oprah Winfrey, Jimmy Fallon, and Shaquille O’Neal, among dozens of others.

“I graduate in 3 days from PENN STATE! My Auction ends on Friday!,” he wrote on several celebrities’ home pages, with a link to the eBay listing. “Help me out!” Kevin Spacey’s account responded, encouraging Mr. Pereca and his unique idea.

He received three job offers: a position as a photographer in Ocean City, Md. (“I wasn’t really looking for that”); a sales job in Atlanta (“I could get a few sales jobs here in New York, and I wasn’t looking to go to Atlanta”); and an offer to be in an adult film (“I appreciate it, but I gotta decline,” he responded).

But on the morning his auction was to end, eBay notified Mr. Pereca via e-mail that his site was removed, since it violated their terms of service.

So far, his job search hasn’t gone well. Two of the interviews he found through Monster.com turned out to be pyramid schemes, and he is still waiting to hear back from some other applications. For now, he is working part time at a local GNC store.

“My biggest issue is that I don’t know specifically what I want to do, and I think that scares people away more than anything,” Mr. Pereca says. “I’m open to a lot of things. I just want to get my foot in the door somewhere, and see what I like and what I don’t like.” —Marc Beja

Posted by kkowatch at July 15, 2009 05:09 PM

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