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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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16 comments
Womble
Womble

Not quite a darwin award, but certainly a career darwin award http://www.darwinawards.com/ For those not yet familiar the darwin awards are for those who by sheer 'brilliance' have worked out a way of improving the gene pool by either hastening their demise, or sterilising themselves, generally through sheer thoughtfulness. One that springs to mind is the guy who thought it safe to hit an unexploded shell with a sledghammer

mad tabby
mad tabby

To people who did not breed before they completed their Darwinian act.

mad tabby
mad tabby

Did she know about this? Or was it going to be a suprise? Does he not think that maybe stunts like this will make a company question his ethics?

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

I've got a sixpack of Octoberfest that says he hasn't been able to hold a job longer than 3 months.

skicat
skicat

When does the Darwin effect take place?

mad tabby
mad tabby

It's the drycleaners fault I thought that the bags would make good toys for my child. It's the governments fault I decided to smoke long after I was told it was dangerous. (Don't care if someone smokes or not, but its your choice). It's my parent/teachers fault that I'm a drunk, druggie, low self-esteem, fat, skinny, etc. I am not responsible for anything I do or say -- But DAMN I'M GOOD!! ;)

Tony Hopkinson
Tony Hopkinson

he cut's his tackle off posts it to the woman he loves with the the threat if she doesn't come across he won't have them sewed back on.

Fregeus
Fregeus

..of child-kings. The future looks as bright as a super nova!!! ;-)

OnTheRopes
OnTheRopes

His cry for attention seems familiar.

Dr Dij
Dr Dij

he's applying for: Google wants people who don't need free weekends, a Significant Other, and don't want much money! And forbid that he be chronologically challenged (Old)! Or not have spikey hair, or not be able to mumble the latest acrynyms. As long as he is capable of IMsturabation all day, while putting in 14 hour days, and texting while driving, and has the latest expensive phones, he should fit in with Google.

Jaqui
Jaqui

please? pretty pretty please? [ with chocolate, lots of chocolate on it ] That guy is a sure fire candidate for mandatory death penalty for stupidity.

Shellbot
Shellbot

every day i feel just a wee little bit smarter, because i read about absolute morons like this guy... gosh he must have some ego...

Jaqui
Jaqui

China is telling their citizens to not come to vancouver, since there has been 5 deaths from drive by shootings in a week. [ seems the stupid people are killing hemselves off for us. ]:) and the chinese government doesn't want to share the joy of killing their stupid citizens with others, they want to kill all of them themselves. the greedy s.o.b.s ]

mad tabby
mad tabby

Then again, I avoid the news like the plague. But when that idiot from Chilliwack took his kids out in the canoe to see the Fraser flooding up close - How much did we spend rescuing him and his kids? As what point do you just shrug and say "Natural Selection at work"

Shellbot
Shellbot

natural selection can be a good thing :)

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