Oct 25, 2012 --- Showing
up with a copy of your resume seems so last millennium, compared with what some
jobseekers have done. ---
A survey of human resources
managers by Office Team reveals the most impressive action they’ve seen or
heard an individual take to try to land a position.
applicant walked in with coffee and donuts, and her resume underneath.
applicant outlined what he planned to do for the company in his first six
handmade get-well card when an applicant heard the hiring manager was under the
to work for free.
a great distance just to be interviewed.
invitation to coffee.
a board of directors to try to make a case for being hired.
survey was conducted by an independent research firm and is based on telephone
interviews with more than 650 HR managers at companies with 20 or more
employees in the U.S. and Canada.
job seekers did a little show-and-tell:
recall applicants who have impressed me with their overall marketing approach.
A few have sent in fancy CDs that contained a video message explaining why they
should get the job.”
applying as a car detailer brought in his own vehicle to demonstrate his
woman showed up with a suitcase full of binders containing letters of
reference, certificates of achievement and other accolades.”
were professionals who shined by going back to basics, such as familiarity with
and expertise with the company; a follow-up email; explaining
skills in a way that correlated directly to what a company needed for the
position; a thank-you note right after the interview; examples of work; persistence
in calling to make sure they got the position; arriving in a three-piece suit
for an entry-level position; and arriving on time and well dressed.
simple is better: employers just want the truth. “Extreme tactics aren’t always
the best way to stand out with hiring managers,” said Robert Hosking, executive
director of OfficeTeam. “Often, perfecting job-search basics can get you