HR Strange But True!
March 03, 2009

A company is selling custom-printed t-shirts so unemployed workers' can advertise their skills to potential employers.

Résumé allows jobseekers to create a t-shirt with their résumé or cover letter on the back. On the front of the t-shirt, the company prints a saying like “Résumé Attached” or “To Whom It May Concern.” The website's motto--“dress for success.”

The proceeds from the t-shirts go to fund the operations of Odd Job Nation. Founded by Jeremy Redleaf and launched last week, Odd Job Nation advertises “exclusive odd jobs … for the growing army of part-time opportunists.” Currently, the Craigslist provides the feed of odd jobs, but employers can also submit their own odd jobs on the Odd Job Nation website.

One odd job is that of a corporate “seat filler.” Some companies that have downsized staff have begun hiring “fake employees” to fool clients into thinking they have continuing success, Redleaf says.

The corporate seat fillers occupy cubicles left empty in layoffs, so that current or prospective customers won't be left uneasy by the sight of vacant chairs. The job description for “seat filler” is the ability to dress and act like an employee of the organization and radiate an aura of confidence.

The site also features articles, support and survival tips, and even comic relief for those jobseekers feeling a financial pinch.

Sources: CNN, Odd Jobs Nation, and Résumé

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