Talented Sumukh Mehta went more than the extra mile to ensure his CV stood out – and it paid off
It’s an often joyless slog many of us remember all too well. When on the job hunt , the saying “looking for a job is a full-time job” seems to ring painfully true.
There’s researching the company and role because you think you’d be a good fit but there’s all that jargon . There’s re-doing your CV, trying to make it sound as impressive as possible without resorting to clichés / lies.
Then there’s customising each and every cover letter, and then the agonising wait for either radio silence, an automated rejection email, or – if you’re lucky – an interview.
With thousands of applications for one role, how do you stand out from the crowd when, if you think about it, you have a relatively limited platform to do so?
You could take inspiration from Sumukh Mehta. Sumukh, from Bangalore, managed to get one of British GQ’s prestigious internships – and the best bit is he didn’t even have to interview for it.
His trick? A CV which is, you have to admit, pretty amazing.
Sumukh, as The Lad Bible reported, had a lot of experience in fine-tuning CVs, having put together over 160 for other professionals wanting to get the right job.
And when it came to wanting to land a marketing role within the publication, he knew exactly what to do.
The talented 21-year-old created a full 20 page mock-up of an edition of GQ, using information about himself and his professional experience instead of editorial content.
The final product took three weeks to perfect after which he sent off copies (by courier) to the GQ offices in New York, London and Mumbai.
In a Facebook post, he described the process. “It took me more than three weeks to make this resume including the photo shoots, graphic designing and content writing.
“In today’s competitive world, everything is just so difficult that you need to be creative if you really want to make things work and that’s what I did.”
Sumukh’s ingenuity paid off. The polished and professional spread caught the eye of Dylan Jones, the Editor-in-Chief of British GQ.
Not only was Dylan impressed enough to offer Sumukh the role, but his hard work was also recognised by Che Kurrien, editor of India’s GQ magazine.
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