17 Creative Recruitment Ads That Will Bring A Smile To Your Face

In the world of business, it is no secret that the spirit of competition is a vital principle. When it comes to recruitment, you will want to attract the best and the brightest people to serve as the foundations and grassroots of your company. Your people will be your company’s greatest resource. However, what can you do to get an edge in luring these key individuals to your company? Your recruitment efforts should stand out and be memorable.

To get you inspired for your next recruitment campaign, We’ve compiled 17 of the most interesting and creative ads that we found on the internet. Maybe you can grab some ideas from these examples. Enjoy!

#1: Let’s start out with the innovation giants over at Apple. For their recruitment ad here, they take an obvious stab at a rival company. It’s controversial enough to entice applicants, yet witty enough to be considered tasteful.

Apple Recruitment Ad

Open a few doors – Apple


#2: For this next example, we have the most popular fast-food franchise in the world, McDonald’s. Notice how they lead off with extremely bold and seemingly offensive statements, only to reveal in fine print the true purpose for the ad. It’s a great way to catch the attention of potential job-seekers.

McDonald Recruitment Ad

We hire individuals – McDonalds


#3: Next up is an ad from the job hunt website, Career Junction. This simple, yet creative ad taps into the hearts of those who appeal to art and drawing.

CareerJunction Recruitment Ad

Put your design skills to better use – CareerJunction


#4: An intellectual and poetic appeal to prospective students, Cornell University really hit the mark with this recruitment ad.

Cornell Recruitment Ad

Cornell University Recruitment Ad


#5: Here’s a recruitment ad by the clothing and apparel store, GAP. Notice how they perfectly took advantage of the yuletide season and a simple play of words on a popular holiday song, they’re sure to grab attention with this.

GAP Recruitment Ad

GAP Recruitment Ad


#6: Here’s a simply funny photo concept from another job hunt website.

Job.ru Recruitment Ad

Don’t wait for a job to fall on You – JOB.RU


#7: This next one is a daring and bold way to recruit. Want to ensure you get the best and brightest for your company? How about try testing their skills even before they apply!

Creative Ad for Computer Engineers


#8: Wait, is that an ad for Apple? Oh wait, no it’s not. This creative ad lures possible recruits by playing with the famous Apple logo.

Hungry Designers Wanted

Hungry Designers Wanted


#9: This ad draws potential recruits in with an odd object in the picture. A seemingly ordinary pencil with an unusually long eraser. Engraved on the pencil is a very enticing philosophical perspective on the kind of recruits the company is looking for.

Looking for students who aren't satisfied with just any solution

Looking for students who aren’t satisfied with just any solution – McKinsey


#10: Here’s a funny one! This hysterical ad plays on the everyday life of a bartender doing his job. It’s catchy, creative, and entertaining. Ads like this can entice potential recruits because these ads can show off the company’s personality.

Dallas Restaurant Recruitment Ad

Recruitment Ad for Bartenders – Dallas Restaurant & Bar


#11: Remember the earlier example wherein the recruitment ad in itself also serves as a test for the skills of a recruit? Here’s another one.

Graphic Designer Recruitment Ad


#12: Coming up is another example of the old bait-and-switch. Lead with an interesting factoid to capture a person’s attention, and then creatively divert it into a recruitment ad.

Laazi Recruitment Ad


#13: This next one has a creative play on imaging and captioning. A very creative concept that can appeal to anyone.

Recruitment Ad for Creative position

We Thirst for More Creative Blood


#14: This is a fun one. A seemingly outrageous question that draws anyone in, only to be diverted into a recruitment ad for a radio station.

Can you sell air?

Can you sell air?


#15: Here’s a recruitment ad that will appeal to Star Wars fans most especially. There might be some copyright issues with this, but you get the picture.

Join us or Die Recruitment Ad

Internship Advert for a Marketing Agency


#16: Up next is a funny recruitment ad for potential school bus drivers.

Recruitment Ad for Bus Drivers

Become a School Bus Driver


#17: Finally, to cap the list off is a creative ad directed at potential web developers.

Web Developer Recruitment Ad

Web Developer Wanted


That’s it! We hope that these ads brought a smile to your face, but more importantly, we hope that they inspired you to come up with your own funny, enticing and creative recruitment schemes. If you have any ideas or examples of other recruitment ads we might have missed, feel free to share them below.

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About the Author: Jessica Simmons

Jessica manages content at LeadsPanda. When she is not improving content, Jessica enjoys spending time with family, friends and hiking with her dogs.


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  3. kshan November 10, 2016 at 7:16 pm - Reply

    amazing idea am creative artist & Concept writer

  4. Aaron December 27, 2016 at 7:48 pm - Reply

    Love this. I have been looking at some different social media advertising techniques to help some of our real estate lead generation campaigns. I appreciate this. Thanks!

  5. Jak Plihal July 17, 2018 at 9:13 pm - Reply

    this was GREAT, thanks!

  6. Masscv April 22, 2019 at 11:55 am - Reply

    Posted job ads are great!

  7. ICCS BPO April 29, 2019 at 11:00 am - Reply

    Nice idea creative design

  8. Valerie Ramkishun May 15, 2019 at 3:48 am - Reply

    Great information….Good job

    Thanks much

  9. Elena September 5, 2019 at 8:02 am - Reply

    Love these ads. So creative & inspiring; especially the McDonald’s one.

  10. sebestine February 27, 2020 at 11:15 am - Reply

    Hey, you have shared great tips thank you for the wonderful ideas. I’ll appreciate the efforts you make to make this content informative for the readers.

  11. SUSHMA SRIVASTAVA May 6, 2020 at 8:12 pm - Reply

    very creative adds

  12. Seyda May 10, 2021 at 2:30 pm - Reply

    Great, article. thank you sharing. I got a lot out of it.

  13. Steve May 12, 2021 at 9:08 pm - Reply

    Unfortunately, in the age of wokeness that McDonalds ad would never see the light of day.

  14. Pankaj Jaiswal August 28, 2022 at 2:27 pm - Reply

    I came here only for my mba assignment and its fabulous and very creative thanks a lot for more ideas!!!!!!

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