Three UK job seekers have had their CVs launched into space in a world-first stunt to celebrate Star Wars Day (May the 4th).
Online job board Zoek an a competition through March and April and three lucky jobseekers have had their CVs placed on a digital billboard and sent into space to give a stratospheric boost to their visibility.
Lucy Russell, David Hinley and Sam Kapadia’s CVs were presented in space using a hydrogen-filled balloon the size of a two-story house, which carried the digital display over 100,000 feet above the Earth.
The launch vehicle, constructed and flown by aerospace company Sent Into Space, also carried tracking equipment to retrieve the craft after the balloon burst, and cameras which filmed the stunning view of the CVs against the backdrop of the Earth from above.
First-place winner Lucy, seeking a Marketing internship, said: “It’s a very exciting and unique experience! It has certainly brightened up my job search and will be an excellent story to tell employers, family and friends. I think it’s really important to seize every opportunity, even if it is not something you initially considered.”
Sam, an engineer specializing in CAD, said: “I use Zoek as it’s a very easy-to-use platform for job hunting. I can’t wait to get my CV looked at and rewritten, it’ll be good to get feedback from a pro because no one ever tells you what works and what doesn’t. It’s been a strange old year for all and winning the competition was a light in the darkness moment.”
Lucy, David, and Sam found themselves out of work seeking new opportunities during the pandemic. Now that the roadmap out of lockdown is well underway, businesses are reopening and recruiting again, but competition for new jobs is fierce.
David, who is experienced in Business Analysis, said: “Since my last role ended in Feb 2020, I have submitted over 150 job applications. I have had positive feedback and several interviews but sadly no contracts. I’m delighted with Zoek sending my CV into space which will surely ‘raise’ my profile.”
Zoek’s Head of Marketing, Hannah Scragg, said of the competition: “We pride ourselves on putting cutting-edge technology to use for our candidates with our intelligent job matching service that finds relevant roles for them.”
“I am thrilled to see the CVs launch into space to help give candidates a visibility boost and a creative way to stand out from the crowd. This campaign is exactly the kind of outside-the-box approach to helping job seekers that sets us apart from other job sites.”
In addition to the space launch, the competition winners have received vouchers for skills courses, free CV, cover letter and LinkedIn profile rewrites from professional CV-writing service TopCV, and the first-place winner Lucy also received £200 to spend at Currys PC World.
Lucy, a recent History graduate, said: “I have been looking to begin some training in Adobe software to increase my chances of being selected in more creative roles. I am especially excited by the prospect of my CV being professionally written by TopCV as it will really aid my job hunt. Finally, I’m using my Curry’s PC World voucher to purchase a Kindle so I can unwind with some reading in the evenings!”
This is not the first time Zoek have gone above and beyond to help a job seeker get noticed and find work. Last year, they ran a competition for people made redundant due to Covid-19. Winner James Pemblington had his CV displayed on the back of a truck travelling up and down the UK. Within 48 hours of the campaign going live, James successfully found a new job. Zoek are eager to see Lucy, David and Sam experience a similarly remarkable turnaround to their career search following the exposure this campaign footage will bring.