We’ve all heard the story by now (which has officially been confirmed as a hoax by Elyse Porterfield and theCHIVE): “Jenny” couldn’t stand her boss’s antics anymore and became so fed-up that she decided to leave the company. But Jenny didn’t just put in her two-weeks notice through a professional letter, she emailed out 33 pictures to the entire staff illustrating, through writing on a dry erase board, how her boss had treated her the past two years – even emphasizing her boss’s use of time spent online.
Even though Jenny is a hoax, job seekers might be able to take a tip or two from her drastic departure. If Jenny were real, she would now be sitting in an interesting situation: no job, popularity on the Internet due to her now viral pictures and stuck with the task of landing her next gig.
What should Jenny do? Simply Hired has a few tips Jenny might want to consider:
- Discover your passion. Jenny has a creative edge to her, and her skills could be well suited in the social media or advertising fields (both which have increased job count recently – especially with social media trends which have shot up), rather than as an assistant like her previous job. Find your true passion and begin searching for jobs that match.
- Be prepared for the interview. There’s a list of interview questions that everyone should be prepared for, but in a case such as Jenny’s, you must be prepared to talk about the incident. Be prepared to explain why you did it, and show how this form of communication can be so effective – easily illustrating your talent for viral media!
- Leverage your fame. Start your own blog, begin tweeting, and stay active on Facebook and LinkedIn or whatever other social media profiles you might have. Exemplify your skills in these places where others will be looking, and you might even attract a few recruiters with your social media presence.
- Say ‘Thank You.’ After your interviews, be sure to send thank you notes to show your respect for the company’s time and interest in you. This will show your professionalism and sincerity, which after a stunt such as Jenny’s is an important trait to show potential employers.
If you’re like Jenny and are creative with a clever wit, here are some positions you might want to check out:
- Emerging Media Specialist
- Social Media Guru
- New Media Specialist
- Internet Marketing Manager
- Creative Project Manager
- Creative Director
- Art Director
- Social Engagement Manager
- Creative Writer
- Interactive Designer
- Graphic Designer
Remember, what you do on the Internet is available for all to see. So if you don’t want your future employer to see the drastic manner in which you left your last job, don’t post the evidence on the Internet.