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How one job seeker got noticed

Rick Chiorando, the Chief Creative Office of Austin

Rick Chiorando, the Chief Creative Office of Austin & Williams speaks with employee Nathan King with his dog Suki at the office in Hauppauge. Photo Credit: Chris Ware

While speaking to a group of advertising and graphic design students at Farmingdale State College, Rick Chiorando, chief creative officer at Austin & Williams, gave advice on how to get a foot in the door when looking for a job.

He says he discussed the need to “get noticed in a good way. . .  I also mentioned that during the interviewing process they would be ‘looked at under a microscope’.”

Here’s what he says happened next:

“A day later a package was delivered to me in my office. . . It was an actual microscope, and when I looked through it, it revealed the student’s name with a line of copy that said, ‘I want to work at Austin & Williams.’

As it turned out, I had him come into the agency, and while I didn’t hire him, it became my personal challenge to get him a job. He’s been working at a small firm, loving what he’s doing, and we still stay in touch. . . Who knows, maybe one day he does land here. . . I’ll never forget how he got my attention.”

Photo: Chiorando -- seen above with with his dog Suki and employee Nathan King at their office in Hauppauge -- was profiled today in Newsday’s business section.

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