Hire me . . . please?

As the economy tightens its grip, people are getting more inventive in their efforts to advertise their availability.

A California wife started the site, MyHusbandNeedsaJob, for her unemployed husband Michael Stearns, a newly minted MBA.  The site launched a few weeks ago and Stearns says it’s been a whirlwind ever since.  Some of his business school classmates sent the link to a few HR/careers bloggers and within days of the site’s launched he was interviewed by CNN. He says the other kind of interviews have occurred as well. His planfind a position in marketing; the success of the site has gotten him interested in the social media world. He and his wife (who doesn’t reveal her name to protect her privacy) have been contacted by so many unemployed people that they are also thinking of continuing to maintain the site even after he gets a job as a way to help others.

I’ve been keeping an eye on these campaigns (and some even odder ones) ever since last summer when Joshua Persky, an out-of-work investment banker, appeared on Park Avenue wearing a sandwich board that said “Experienced MIT Grad for Hire” while handing out resumes to passers-by. Mr. Persky’s effort didn’t lead to a job immediately, though it got him lots of publicity. “It was a great adventure but like the Wizard of Oz, I landed right in my backyard,” he told me. About five months after his stint on Park Avenue, he got a job through a recruiter he had previously worked with. {Read the rest at Yahoo!}

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