A desperate jobseeker has made a hilarious video CV after sending off ‘thousands’ of applications which went unanswered.
Aidan Draper became fed up of the “soul destroying process” of hunting for a job and decided to get creative, with his unique efforts not going unnoticed on YouTube, reports the Manchester Evening News.
The video, which runs for one minute 28 seconds, sees the resourceful young man jump out of a skip and replace his own head with that of former US President Donald Trump.
Titled ‘How to make the perfect CV’, it has since been widely shared online, gaining over 16,000 views on YouTube and more than 2,000 upvotes on Reddit.
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Aidan, who lives in Sandbach, Cheshire, had been hoping to move to Manchester and possibly return to work in disability support – but his viral success may have opened up a new career.
After viewing his video and editing handiwork, people have contacted him asking for his advice and he has now set up a website in the hope of getting freelance opportunities.
“I’ve spoken to people who are hiring and they get so many applications that they don’t have the time to look at all the CVs so I thought I’d do something to stand out,” he said about his decision to create the video CV.
Aidan had left the UK in March 2020 to travel Australia, but the growing pandemic scuppered his chances of finding work Down Under and he eventually returned home.
However, while over there he featured on ABC News after he became one of 1,700 people to apply for a single position.
But in the months that followed, he found it “impossible” to get any where in the job market, admitting he doesn’t mind what sector he gets employed in.
“I wanted to do something different because I knew for a fact that not a single person was reading my CV,” he explained.
The job hunter then had the idea to put together a comedic video CV, which he hoped would help him stand out from the crowd.
“This is why you should hire me,” he says in the video, giving reasons such as being a “caring and nurturing person”, as he holds up a healthy-looking cactus.
“I always keep a clean and tidy workplace,” he adds, before adding a plate to the dishwasher.
“I’m academic, and intelligent,” he says, as a clip of Trump stating he is a “very stable genius” plays over his face.
He even stands underneath a cascade of water, illustrating that he will be there “whatever the weather “.
The video has had a positive reaction from viewers, with one describing it as the “best CV I’ve ever come across”.
Aidan admits he made the video “as a joke for myself as I thought employers would turn their nose up” but was shocked to find it appears to be working.
He is still waiting for his big break, but said the video’s reaction has “pushed me to realise that I have other skills”.
“It has pushed me into doing more creative things such as graphic design, logos and videos – something creative is definitely my passion now,” he said.
Asked what his advice would be for fellow jobseekers, he said: “Don’t take yourself too seriously.”