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How not to woo an employer

Back in October 2006, I wrote a blog about a guy named Aleksey Vayner. He was the Yale student who sent out an 11-page resume and a video to premier global financial services firm USB, which then made the rounds in Wall Street.

I thought that was perhaps the most outlandish pitch for a job I'd ever heard of. Until today. It seems that a German techie named Sebastian Klein decided to pursue a job via cybersquatting.

Apparently, he registered a variety of Google-related domains and then posted an open letter to the company telling them that he would give them back to Google free of charge only if they offered him a job. I guess for the more adventurous among us, blackmail is a viable avenue for employment. But he didn't stop there.

He then took the liberty of outlining for Google the kind of job he would like. He specified that he would need to be free every weekend. And, he added,

"Of course money also plays a certain role. I would like to perform a lot and also be paid well. However, quite clearly I am ready to put back with the money if for it the work is great fun."

I don't even know where to begin. Is there such a thing as brazen cluelessness? Or do you think this was the ultimate PR gesture? Get your name out there by thumbing your nose at a Web uberpower?

Either way, this is not Klein's first attempt at using the web for attention. In 2005, he also put his girlfriend up for auction on eBay in order to attract employers.

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Toni Bowers is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and is the award-winning blogger of the Career Management blog. She has edited newsletters, books, and web sites pertaining to software, IT career, and IT management issues.

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