Convergence Senior Chris Spurlock’s awesome resume basically set the Internet on fire yesterday when we cross-posted the resume on the Huffington Post, thanks to a content-sharing agreement we have with HuffPo.
So, how has Spurlock’s life changed in the last 24 hours?
Here’s how the blog College Media Matters describes the effects of Spurlock’s resume going viral: “Spurlock. Just Spurlock. The convergence journalism major at the University of Missouri no longer needs to use his first name. In the past 24 hours, he has become the Bono or Bieber of the journalism blogosphere and Twitterverse.”
What have we created?!
Spurlock even had an interview with the Huffington Post’s Traffic & Trends Editor Craig Kanalley about how to make a resume stand out. One blog post made Spurlock a consulted expert on this stuff!
Kanalley even described Spurlock as officially “internet-famous” and said that his resume had become a meme.
We wanted to know what Spurlock thought about all this, so we caught up with him just 24 hours after his resume started going around the Internet at lightning speed.
He thought it was going to be a lazy Friday afternoon with a chance to catch up on “Modern Family” episodes. It didn’t quite work out that way. I had told him in a message on Twitter that J-School Buzz would be cross-posting his resume on The Huffington Post.
He didn’t think much of it until he saw a tweet from Kanalley, and that’s when his resume started making the rounds on Twitter. The resume got picked up by the Huffington Post’s Twitter feed, then Nieman Lab’s and hundreds of others.
Not only did the Huffington Post and J-School Buzz get a nice traffic bump out of the resume, so did Spurlock’s portfolio website. Since the resume went viral, his website has gotten nearly 8,000 page views from 2,500 unique visitors.
And yes, the soft job offers are rolling in. So far, he’s gotten 10 emails, a few direct messages on Twitter and a phone call. Most of the emails were for part-time work at small design firms here in the Columbia area, but he said there were a few “more exciting emails. People were asking me to ‘keep them in mind’ when I’m searching and ‘stay in touch if you’re interested.’” The more exciting offers are from print and online news organizations, but Spurlock wouldn’t say which organizations had reached out to him.
He also got a lecture in an email on how to properly use “me” versus “myself.” But as we’ve learned, negative commentary is the price you pay for putting stuff up on the Internet.
Congratulations, Chris. Let’s hope he gets a job out of this, if only to raise our placement rate to 53.01 percent (yes, I did steal that joke from Fake Mizzou, but for some reason they took it down).
UPDATE: This viral resume helped Spurlock land a job at the Huffington Post.