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Job seeker sells himself with viral Amazon resume

Jan. 28, 2013 at 12:23 PM ET

Philippe Dubost wanted to sell prospective employers on his skills, so he came up with a creative solution — listing himself on Amazon.com. Sort of.

The Paris-based web product manager created an online resume  that looks exactly like an Amazon page, offering himself up for sale.

“Only 1 left in stock – Order soon,” the page, dubbed "An Amaz-ing Resume" urges viewers. “Ships from Paris, France. Gift-wrap available (frustration-free breathable packaging).”

Prospective employers are invited to add Dubost to their shopping cart or wish list to get his contact information.

Under “product details," visitors learn that Dubost is 186 cm tall (that’s 6 feet, 1 inch for you Americans), speaks three languages (English, French and Spanish) and earned two graduate degrees, one from Toulouse Business School in France and an MBA from University of Dayton.

He cleverly includes a set of "customer reviews" to list his job history, which average five stars. And, just like a real Amazon page, Dubost asks users after each past employer listing: “Was this review useful to you?”

Viewers are also invited to see Dubost's full work history in a more traditional online setting on his LinkedIn page.

Dubost told TODAY.com he came up with the idea after seeing “all kind of smart or goofy resumes,” including one that resembled a Google results page.

“And I thought, heck, how about an Amazon product page?" he said. "It all seemed so natural, there's a title, a picture, description, reviews."

Dubost also sheepishly confessed: “I'm an addict shopper at Amazon, that may also be a reason why I thought of that.”

It took him two days to build the site, and he kept adding "bells and whistles as inspiration came.” (Check out what the website generates when you try clicking "add to wedding registry.")

He originally posted the resume last month, but it only started to grab online attention last week. The viral publicity has landed him about 100 work-related responses so far.

“What I really had in mind was sending the link to the resume along with applications I would send to job offers, as a way to make my application different,” he said.

His goal was to connect with companies in his field of interest and expertise. “I would never have sent that for a job application at an accounting company, for instance,” he said. “I thought, ‘Well, if they like that stuff, then it's a fun web company.’”

Still, the attention his resume has garnered has left him stunned.

"I really never meant, less expected, for the resume to go that crazy viral!” he said. “This is just unbelievable, crazy, and fun.”

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