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out from the crowd

Getting a job means thinking outside the box. This woman thought way outside it

And Airbnb have spotter her work.

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NINA MUFLEH, AN ex-pat from the Middle East who’s been living in San Francisco for a year, really wants to work for Airbnb.

She tried to get in touch with the company through emails and job listings but had no luck. So she decided to take her job search to the next level by creating a stunning CV that mirrors Airbnb’s website.

The resumé, which Mufleh sent out to former colleagues for feedback and submitted to Airbnb, has attracted tons of attention both inside and outside of the company.

What makes her CV so interesting is that it doesn’t focus on her past experience — information Airbnb could easily find on her LinkedIn profile if it wanted to.

Instead, it showcases what she knows about the travel industry, what she could contribute to Airbnb, and what she thinks the company should pursue next.

Mufleh told Business Insider that she had tried contacting Airbnb for months. While she managed to meet with the company, none of those encounters ever turned into a job offer. Her sister told her she should move on because she had already tried everything.

“I actually thought, I haven’t done everything I can,” Mufleh said. “I’ve done the same thing multiple times, but I haven’t tried new approaches.”

Here are some screenshots from her resume, which looks like an Airbnb host profile. You can view her resume in full here.


With her CV, Mufleh managed to capture the attention of both the CEO and CMO of Airbnb, and she had a formal job interview with a marketing recruiter from the company last week.

It took her about a week to create the resume, which included gathering all the data, researching the market, and working with a designer she had met at one of her previous jobs.


Mufleh had been fascinated by culture and travel since she worked for Queen Rania Al Abdullah, the queen of Jordan, between 2006 and 2009.

“She focused on cross cultural dialogue, and that’s something that’s kind of guided my career,” Mufleh said.

The feedback she received after sending out her resume was surprising.

“[These are] definitely the results I was hoping for,” she said. “But part of me didn’t expect it to be this quick and exciting.”

- Lisa Eadicicco

Read: Here’s why one boss thinks everyone should burn their CV >

Read: The words we all use on our CVs (and shouldn’t) >

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