With the unemployment rate for 16-22 year olds at an all-time high, most young job seekers welcome a way stand out from the crowd.  But that’s no easy task, particularly in the world of retail, food service and other entry-level jobs most often filled by young people–positions where a standard job application is the candidate’s only way of providing information about themselves, their qualifications and life experiences.  That, says Angie Burton, is why she created, with free downloadable “Bling” decals designed to help young job seekers put their own special touch on job applications—and stand out from the pile.

“I got the idea when my daughter, Haley, was looking for her first job” says Burton, a mother of two and long-time advertising and print producer.  Despite being an A-student with an outgoing personality, she wasn’t getting offers.  And Burton thought she knew why.

“It’s not like an adult applying for a professional position, where we have cover letters and resumes to help tell our stories,” she says.  “For kids just starting out, they usually fill out a job application and that’s it.  I felt that she was getting overlooked… that her school achievements, community service and other attributes weren’t being noticed.  So I started looking for a way to help her stand out.”

Burton’s idea was to “bling” her daughter’s resume with a small, brightly colored decal on her next job application.

Using a simple layout with a decorative font and just a few bullet points, she listed highlights of her daughter’s academic career, including awards, accolades, and community service experience, along with one or two “fun facts” about her.  Next, she called in a favor from one of her ad agency’s vendors and had a handful of these “bling” decals printed on neon-bright decal paper.

As it turns out, she really only needed one copy.  Her daughter was offered the very next job for which she applied.  And Burton knew she was onto something.

“The cashier who took her application said she saw the Application Bling® and took it straight to the store manager”, Ms. Burton says.  The manager commented that the cling showed initiative so he hired her.  “Word spread among her friends, and soon I was making Application Bling® for them, too.  And every single one of them got interviews or a job.  In fact, some got multiple job offers the same week.  It was like they had a secret weapon.”

Now, this secret weapon can be created at home using the FREE Word template, removable label paper, and an inkjet or laser printer.  Good luck!

Application Bling® FREE Template



Angie Burton is the creator of Application Bling©. A self-described “mom on a mission”,  Angie’s vision for is to be a one-stop resource and community for young job seekers, their parents, and anyone else interested in helping launch new employees into the workforce.  “As a parent, I want my kids to have a work ethic, a sense of pride, and to know the value of a dollar,” says Angie. “I think today’s young people want to learn to make their own way, and that parents want to help.”

Born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Angie’s worked since the age of sixteen. Stumbling across the idea of Application Bling when helping her own teenage daughter, Haley, land a job in 2011 at Ace Hardware, Angie’s passionate about teens and young adults establishing a strong work ethic.

Married for twenty plus years to Rick, he shares her belief that teens face a brighter future when they learn the value of earning their own money and working hard to reach their goals. Their son, Cal, starting working in Rick’s tire business at the age of fifteen, working part-time while playing high school baseball.

Angie’s first job was in a local retail clothing store, The Leader, in the 1980′s. From sales associate to cashier to sales audit, Angie worked at the same store through high school and college. She also took on a second job in college at a local sports club, The Sports Barn. Granted working two jobs made it difficult to graduate in four years, Angie doesn’t regret taking an extra year to earn her degree because she got a head start in building her resume, making important contacts, learning how to budget, and prioritize her time.

Upon graduating the Univeristy of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a BA degree in Communications and Psychology, Angie started her career in Advertising in 1987. Originally aspiring to be a copywriter, her strong organizational skills and resourcefulness were better suited in production. Working as a Producer in advertising agencies, including most recently, The Johnson Group, Angie’s portfolio is filled with award winning television, radio, print, and digital campaigns.

Angie is presently working as a freelance Producer and Event Planner allowing her time to devote to developing her blog, and spend more time with her family, which includes being a caregiver for her father-in-law who has Alzheimer’s Disease.

You may get in touch with Angie by emailing or calling 423.508.5474. Learn more by visiting Angie’s Linkedin and Facebook pages.

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