Posted by: garispang | June 11, 2009

10 odd ways to get an employers attention





Washing all the cars in the car park of a company where you want to get a job, has been named one of the top 10 unconventional ways to get a potential employers attention.




A survey of employers found one-in-five were now seeing job seekers trying unusual tactics to capture their attention during the recession.

Examples highlighted include someone who handed out personalized coffee cups and one who attended an interview dressed as a bunny because it was around Easter.

Another odd example was a man who found out details of the barber a potential employer used and asked him to speak on his behalf while cutting his hair.

Oddly the success of these tactics has not been revealed, but would you say “I don’t think you are right” to someone while their mate was holding a pair of scissors to your head?

Top 10 odd ways job seekers got employers attention

1 – Candidate sent a shoe with a resume to “get my foot in the door.”

2 – Candidate staged a sit-in in the lobby to get a meeting with a director.

3 – Candidate washed cars in the parking lot.

4 – Candidate sent a resume wrapped as a present and said his skills were a “gift to the company.”

5 – Candidate handed out resumes at stoplights.

6 – Candidate sent a cake designed as a business card with the candidate’s picture.

7 – Candidate went to the same barber as the Chairman of the Board and had the barber speak on his behalf.

8 – Candidate handed out personalized coffee cups.

9 – Candidate came dressed in a bunny suit because it was near Easter.

10 – Candidate told the receptionist he had an interview with the manager. When he met the manager, he confessed that he was driving by and decided to stop in on a chance.

“The search for employment is taking longer and is more competitive than it has been in past years,” said Jason Ferrara of CareerBuilder who conducted the survey.

“To compensate, some candidates have turned to extreme tactics. While unusual job search antics may attract the attention of hiring managers, they need to be done with care and professionalism so that candidates are remembered for the right reasons.”


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