When the job market is tough, candidates need to try even harder to stand out.
A few job seekers who are talented web developers, designers, videographers and writers have created such impressive resumes and cover letters, their job applications have gone viral.
The following applications have gotten people jobs at big tech companies and at Wall Street firms, and their CVs have been viewed a few million times on the web.
1. Journalist Dawn Siff created what's likely the first-ever resume on Vine, the new video startup Twitter recently acquired. Her message is only 6-seconds long, but it was featured on Mashable.
2. A student sent an unapologetically honest cover letter to an investment bank and people on Wall Street called it one of the best CVs they have ever seen. It spread from bank to bank and sites like Business Insider picked it up. "No joke, I think we should consider this guy," one banker wrote. "I wouldn't be surprised if this guy gets at least a call from every bank out there."
3. Another student, Mizzou's Chris Spurlock, designed a resume that looked like an infographic with the help of a fellow photojournalism student. It was featured on HuffPo College and tweeted more than 5,300 times. After the post received tens of thousands of pageviews, The Huffington Post hired Spurlock as its Infographic Design Editor.