Clever or crazy: College student blogs for social media agency to hire him

Job applicant dedicates a blog post to his future (he hopes) employer, Radian6. He’s a perfect fit, he proclaims. Should the company hire him?

But what about a job applicant whose plea for a job grabs attention in the right way? A bid from someone who has some, shall we say, chutzpah?

Take Daniel Hebert.

On Monday, Feb. 6, Hebert wrote a blog post titled, “Why I should work for Radian6.”

A senior at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick, Hebert saw a position open for a social media analyst at Radian6, a social media software company, and decided it had to be his.

Hebert’s inspiration for using a blog post as a job application came from Matthew Epstein, who posted a “Google, Please Hire Me” video on YouTube. Google didn’t hire him, but he got a lot of attention and landed a job elsewhere.

Hebert wanted his approach to be better and more focused and, above all else, to work.

Epstein “just wanted the exposure and show that he was creative,” Hebert says. “I really wanted to show my knowledge of social media and how it applies to Radian6 even though I don’t work for them,” he says. “My goal is to work for Radian6. I didn’t write, ‘Why I should be a social media analyst.'”

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