Michael Penn Gets Creative With Job Search, Offers Coffee And Doughnuts

In a tough economy, everyone is trying to stand out when it comes to applying for work; and Michael Penn does just that.

Penn, 23, wants to get into the investment banking industry according to Business Insider.

So one way he decided to get noticed was to set up a table outside the Battery Park ferry terminal near Goldman Sachs.

According to ABC News, Penn got up bright and early Thursday and set up a booth outside the investment bank’s office building in Lower Manhattan, complete with refreshments and a sign that read: www.HireMichaelPenn.com.

“I wanted to do something innovative for my job hunt. I am graduating in two weeks. I came up with the idea to get some face time,” said Penn, who hails from Boca Raton, Florida.

Penn wanted to prove that you can be creative in your job search. His website was printed on both his booth and the coffee cup sleeves that he handed out.

ABC News continued on to say that within minutes, word about what Penn was doing had traveled to an employee at a leading investment bank. Penn said he received an email.

“He said: ‘I want you to come down here,'” Penn said. He was immediately given an interview later in the morning.

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“It’s just simple economics — supply and demand. The jobs are there. There are just more master’s and MBAs out there now. You really need to get out there and differentiate yourself,” he said.

Penn said that based on the wonderful feedback, he would surly do this again.

“I would love to increase my Rolodex, and this is a great way to do it,” he said. “It was so heartwarming. People really wanted to see me succeed.”

What kinds of creative ways can you come up with for helping you in your job search? Michael Penn sure had one good idea to get noticed!

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