By Jessica Holbrook Hernandez, Great Resumes Fast Contributor
Chances are you’ve never heard of Ernie Miller. He’s just a guy who found a job he really loves. What makes him interesting, though, is the way he found it. He didn’t go through the usual channels. He didn’t pound the streets carrying resumes, didn’t network, didn’t search the job boards. He found a job without applying. So, how did he actually end up with meaningful employment?
A Unique Approach
Ernie decided to try an experiment—instead of looking for work, he was going to let work look for him. So he wrote a blog entry in which he listed all the traits he was looking for in a job, and then he linked to the post via Twitter and also on Hacker News. He heard from over 40 companies, not all of which offered work. In fact, he got quite a few responses accusing him essentially of being pretty full of himself. Some responded praising his original approach—but not offering work.
Finally, the experiment paid off. Ernie heard from a Louisville firm, Appriss, which developed a system called VINE, which is designed to let victims of violent offenders know when the offender is due to be released from prison, or if the offender has escaped custody. After years of working for e-commerce startups, Ernie was intrigued by the possibility of working for a company that could actually help save lives, especially since one of his requirements was that he wanted to work for a company that would enable him to make a difference. Ernie’s new job fits the bill in other ways, as well.
Here are Ernie’s other requirements:
- Above-average compensation
- Not a contract position
- Opportunities to learn and also to mentor