He shared a video of his skydiving plea on LinkedIn, explaining that he had recently been laid off and would be freefalling until he found a new job.
In the current job market, people are resorting to creative methods to secure employment. However, one man took an extraordinary leap, quite literally. He boldly skydived while clutching a cardboard sign, making an audacious plea for work.
Chris Serrano is a creative director from Florida. He filmed himself skydiving while holding the cardboard that read, "Open4Work." He posted this video on Linkedin and wrote, “I got laid off last week. So I will be freefalling until I find a new gig—literally. If you’re looking for an award-winning creative that works hard, takes risks, and knows how to pack a parachute, reach out."
The post has garnered over 50k reactions on Linkedin. It caught the attention of Manchester-based entrepreneur Jack Peagam, the Co-founder and CEO of the social app Linkup and he offered Serrano a job, per Good News Network. “I was hoping for the best, but I had no idea this little stunt would go on to be seen by so many people,” Serrano said. As for how he was offered the job, Peagam had his own fun way.
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He went skydiving himself and his cardboard read, “Hey Chris, sorry 2 see you got laid off. We’ve got work4U.” A few weeks later, we see Serrano signing a contract with Peagam's Manchester-based organization, and the two are seen diving together. “Chris’ job-seeking ad featured everything I love about creative talent—it was bold, daring, and showed him to be one of life’s risk-takers,” said Peagam. “I can’t wait to see how he can help take our thriving app to new heights, maybe into space.”
“When I lost my job, I was a bit nervous as to what could be next, but taking a leap of faith from a plane is sometimes all you can do,” admitted Serrano. “I’ve been blown away by the support from everyone who shared my video.” Linkup was launched in 2023 as the first attempt to connect people with new friends with similar hobbies and passions.
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In another tale of innovative job-seeking tactics, TikTok user Sarah, known as @spacewithsyrup, shared a fascinating story aimed at assisting job seekers in landing their dream positions. On April 12, Sarah posted a video in response to a popular video by TikTok creator Evie, aka @twocatscreatives. Evie initially discussed a technique to manipulate AI-based resume filtering systems by incorporating relevant keywords from the job description in white font.
Although invisible to the human eye, the algorithm can detect these keywords. In Sarah's video, she recounted encountering a job applicant who had actually employed this "resume hack." "I opened the resume of this guy that we were interviewing and he literally did this," Sarah exclaimed in her video.
“There was a giant paragraph at the bottom of just words related to software like MatLab, Java, Python, etc., and I think our system or whoever the HR person just made everything into black text so I could see it at the bottom,” she said about discovering the hidden white font on the resume. Therefore, she concluded, “I can’t remember exactly what happened in the interview. I think I asked him about some of those skills and yeah, he basically did that just to bypass the filters, and we ended up hiring him, so there you go.”