I’m sure most of you are aware of the story about Adam, an unemployed graduate who has blown his last £500 on a billboard ad with a huge picture of himself and a link to his website employadam.com. The Telegraph reports that, “The 24-year-old from the Isle of Wight is yet to be offered his much sought-after first job in television production.”
Now don’t get me wrong – I am all for innovation and enterprise – and I really do hope he gets the job that he wants but….
His on-line CV says nothing about what value he can add, and what his previous experience has taught him about the industry he is interested in – it’s a wasted opportunity. He says he has sent over 200 CVs but that it is difficult to get across his talent on paper. So why not have a blog with examples of his work and send that instead? Where is his LinkedIn profile? Why isn’t he linking in with media production professionals? Why isn’t he joining relevant LinkedIn groups and engaging with industry professionals?
My previous post – Can today’s graduates really be bothered – highlights some of the frustrations I have found in the past with this sense of entitlement that seems to go hand in hand with today’s youth.
Adam says he is desperate – hmm – I don’t think desperate people have £500 to burn! He has sent out a bunch of CVs and had no luck. Well hey – welcome to the real world and try thinking about how you can better engage with employers rather than expecting them to come and find you!
Yeah yeah I know – grumpy old woman strikes again!
Do you agree? What’s your opinion? Would you employ Adam? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.