Last Updated Nov 15, 2010 3:30 PM EST
Advertising isn't like other businesses. If you want to work on the creative side, being downright strange is often a plus. Naked photos of yourself? Letters written by Hitler? Demands for free beer? They've all been done, with varying levels of success. Here's a look at seven of the strangest job application methods used by unemployed admen and women, or those just wanting a new gig:
- Get Adolf Hitler to write you a recommendation
Babatunde Adebola, a copywriter at DDB Lagos Nigeria, created this letter from Hitler in an allegedly successful attempt to win persuade the Miami Ad School's Niklas Frings-Rupp to give him a place at the college's Hamburg, Germany, branch. (Click to enlarge.)
- Display yourself as a nude centerfold Lawson Clarke set up this web site -- featuring himself au naturel on a bearskin rug with a strategically placed TV -- in hopes of getting a new job as an ad copywriter. The art direction is so good he could be an art director too. The site landed him loads of freelance work.
- Send your prospective new boss a penis joke on Twitter
Johnathan Pelleg won a $70,000 job as a copywriter at Saatchi & Saatchi LA when he won a contest run by the shop's creative director to award the vacancy to the best message he received on Twitter. The victorious tweet: "You have to be concise on Twitter. Like a circumcision, everything extra gets cut off whether you like it or not."
- Buy the Google search terms for your prospective bosses' names
Alec Brownstein bought the names of six executives he wanted to work for so that when they Googled themselves -- inevitably! -- a message from Brownstein was the top result. He now works for one of his targets at Y&R New York. Total cost: $6.
- Demand free beer
After being rejected by Publicis Seattle three times, Anthony Godoy got down to brass tacks in his fourth job application: "what I am applying for is the Friday keg. I would have put that first, but didn't want to infer that I have a drinking problem. No. While we're on the subject, what kind of beer are we talking about?"
- Promote yourself as a "skirt for hire"*
Karalee Evans landed a job at Sydney's Amnesia Razorfish by starting a blog advertising herself as "a senior skirt now available for hire" seeking "a bold and beautiful agency." The blog caught the eye of the trade media and now she has a new career.