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Georgia Tech student's sticky note message and smiley face lands him interview with Fortune 500 company

It was a shot in the dark for second-year computer science major Gursimran Singh. It paid off.

ATLANTA — Sometimes, it can be hard to make yourself stand out from the crowd when you're job seeking. But a Georgia Tech student's craftiness and audacity paid off in a big way - it landed him an interview for an internship with a Fortune 500 company. And he did it without having to leave his apartment. 

It was a shot in the dark for second-year computer science major Gursimran Singh. He lives in a Spring Street apartment in Midtown - which happens to be located right next door to NCR's headquarters. The company is a leading provider of point-of-sale technology for retail and hospitality.

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Singh's unit happens to face some of the company's conference spaces, so he got crafty and used bright yellow sticky notes to spell out on his window what every job-seeker asks: "HIRE ME." He added a smiley face. 

To his surprise, he got a response from NCR, who replied - also in sticky notes - "EMAIL?"

Singh got to work with his reply, spelling out the email address in the little slips of paper, which covered his entire floor-to-ceiling widows. 

“I spent a lot on sticky notes, but it looked pretty cool,” Singh told Georgia Tech.

It turned out to be well worth the money, because he started getting messages from the company - even the vice president of IT - asking for his resume.

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He sent it off, and the rest, as they say, is history - his name has been added to the list for summer internship interviews, showing it never hurts to think outside the box.

Information provided by Georgia Tech media.


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