Quit your job to get a job

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How to quit your job in style? You can throw your monitor out of the window or pee in the elevator. But after such an action you would probably have burnt your bridges. Do it like Marina Shifrin, and the next day you’ll probably pick up a dozen offers.

Marina Shifrin, as part of her work, produced animated films and satirical commentary on current news. Her role was to rework news into funny videos. At one point, at 4.30 in the morning, she said she had had enough of work and decided to quit in a rather unconventional way. She made a video and shared it on Youtube.

With written words on the screen and a bizarre dance to a song of Kanye West, she expressed what she felt to her employers. She had had enough of making personal sacrifices and of her bosses impersonal approach. She felt her boss only paid attention to the number of created videos and the number of views on the web and to nothing more than this.

She recorded a short video, with herself in the lead role, in order to draw attention to the content, even though the statistics were often better than those of the previous animations of the company. At the time of this actual blog (2nd October 2013) the Marina Shifrin video had reached a staggering 8.2 million views. In contrast to this, the irony is that the regular videos of the company she worked for produced, on average, an audience view ship of 3000 – 4000.

View the first video here:

The employers response

Her bosses (or ex bosses) did not leave matters there and reciprocated with another video… in a polite, cultured and danced way. In their response production employees dance to the same song. The company writes in the same video about the pros and cons of the job which Marina quit. They wish her the best and at the end of the video a message appears for everyone: “We’re hiring” with a mail address to which applications should be sent. The ideal outcome was a final win – win situation, and no one is offended.

Watch the response video here which had half a million views at the time this blog article was written:

Ms. Shifrin wrote on Twitter that she cannot keep up with reading emails (some of them probably contain job listings), and her previous company probably have a mailbox full of CVs and covering letters.

Marina has done a great job, while no longer working for the Taiwanese company – the response video has 500,000 views, which is over 100 times more than their previous videos. She should really get some bonus for it.

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