Viral rapping job seeker lands tech role
Standing out from the crowd as a job seeker can be tough – but one graduate’s innovative approach has paid off.
In March, ‘despairing’ graduate Anastasia Glover penned a rap about the struggles of job hunting and sent it to recruiter, Forward Role Recruitment.
The company's CEO Steve Thompson posted the rap on LinkedIn where it received more than 100,000 views in 24 hours and thousands of shares, likes and comments. Glover was then inundated with offers of internships and work experience.
Some of those companies included marketing agency Social Chain and radio station brand Global, which includes Heart, Capital, Smooth FM and Radio X.
Thompson has confirmed that 21-year-old Glover has now secured a full-time role at Manchester coding school Code Nation as a content specialist.
“The story about the rap went far and wide and it led to some amazing opportunities with some brilliant companies,” said Glover.
“I spent time in London with Global and worked on some amazing things at Social Chain. But the point of the rap and the reason why I got in touch with Steve in the first place was to get a full-time role and I’m over the moon to have that opportunity with Code Nation.
“Code Nation do some brilliant work supporting people just like me who are developing new skills to further their careers. I’m so grateful that they gave me a chance.”
Code Nation was launched in Manchester last September help curb the ‘mounting digital skills shortage’ facing businesses in the city and across the region, giving anyone with an appetite for digital the chance to learn to code.
Thompson said: “We are approached by a lot of graduates but very few capture our attention in the way that Anastasia did. She had a really tough time trying to find work and get noticed in an ever-increasingly competitive market.
“But it was clear as soon as I met her that she was someone with a huge talent, who was going to do everything she could to get where she wanted to be, and I’m delighted that she’s secured her first permanent role.
“This story got so much attention and received so much coverage earlier in the year and it’s so nice to see it reach a happy conclusion.”
Glover concludes: “It was a slightly daft email and the attention on the back of it was crazy, but it just goes to show what can happen if you’re willing to be creative. I’m really excited about my future now.”
The rap in full:
Man's goin job centre, signing on the dole.
Recruitment company aven't got man a role,
Sending bare email and getting no response,
CV probably only been looked at once.
Trial shifts, mans been messed about bare,
it's probably because av got propa skanky hair,
Can't afford to flex on a highlight ting,
Student loan bin an gone, look like a ming.
Man got degree from university,
a 2:1 ting, am serious G,
worked propa ard and achieved a goal,
still getting pied from man like forward role.
Got no job an a got no mandem,
I'd go on a bike ride, someone jacked me tandem.
My CV [ALLOW IT FAM] below its attached,
Be feeling propa blessed when a reply is dispatched.