Sorry, Lance Armstrong, but your “Livestrong” bracelets are yesterday’s news.
These yellow and pink silicone bands – much like the bright yellow ones Lance Armstrong made fashionable wore to raise awareness for cancer (and which inspired countless other variations) – were created by Barbara Bourn and Stephanie Aucoin, the folks behind LaidOffNeedaJob.com, which also gives job-seeking tips and economic news updates on Twitter and Facebook. (I like to think of them as resumes – that you can wear!)
So far, they’ve sold or given away nearly 6,000 bracelets and claim to be getting a lot of good feedback from job seekers who find the bracelets serve as good networking vehicles.
I could see the benefit of the “I need a job” wrist band for job seekers: It’s a creative way for job seekers to network and spread the word that they’re looking for jobs. And based on the testimonials, they sure seem to be enthused.
But I wonder what you recruiters and hiring managers have to say about these bracelets…Certainly, it’s kind of cool to think that you could potentially spot your next employee while waiting in line to see “Star Trek,” right?…But how likely is it that these bracelets would compel you to approach job seekers you see wearing them and inquire about their situation? (Maybe even offer an interview?)…Better yet: Has it happened already? Any success stories of your own to share?Related
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