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Creativity Key In Job Hunting

Candidates are willing to try just about anything to distinguish themselves in a tight job market. In a recent survey, OfficeTeam, a leading staffing service specializing in the placement of skilled administrative professionals, asked executives to recount the most unusual thing they have seen or heard an applicant do to stand out from the crowd. 
  • I remember a job candidate bringing in milk and cookies.

  • Singing. That’s something you’re not likely to forget.

  • Magnets on people’s cars directing you to websites for their resumés.

  • I remember someone had his resumé delivered in a pizza box.

  • Someone stood outside our building from 9-5 every day for a month until he was hired. It worked.

  • A job applicant spritzed her resumé with perfume.

  • A woman wrote a press release announcing she’d been hired and used it as her cover letter.

  • A job hunter advertised his skills on a sandwich board.

  • I’ve seen job candidates pay for bill-boards to get an employer’s attention. 

  • Someone sent us a baby shoe with a resumé wrapped around it. He said he wanted to ‘get his foot in the door.’ He did not get the job, but it got my attention, and I read his resumé twice.

  • We received a resumé made into a paper airplane.

While unconventional methods can be hit or miss, one surefire way to stand out is by going the extra mile to showcase your skill set, professionalism and enthusiasm for the position,” says Robert Hosking, executive director of OfficeTeam. For example, survey respondents cited the following “standout” tactics:
  • People who take the time to research the company, do their homework and follow up on their ideas.

  • Receiving handwritten thank-you notes as opposed to e-mails. 

  • People are dressing up more than they did in the past, which I like.

  • I swear by references, so that’s very important.

  • The jobseeker turned the table, wanting to know all about me. The tactic worked.


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