Creativity is one of those new sought after features. No matter how the job-hunter should balance getting creative without getting carried away!
Planning obvious “chance meetings” and coming across as if the president may not be productive, but there are creative “foot in the door” ideas, and here are a few. The idea is to be exceptional, but not bizarre.
• locate a temporary job with the business which you’d love to work for via a service or the HR department. A six-week assignment, performed to near-perfection, can quickly turn into a contract or permanent position. Available to not only real positions, but also in professional offices and industrial work, it is an excellent approach to weed hazardous working environments from the list of preferred employers.
• Leverage an interior connection to land an introduction into the hiring supervisor. Sell this individual on your credentials and appreciate, and he or she’ll subsequently sell HR recruiting staff too!
• rather than sending in a resume for a posted job opening, send your latest top-notch performance inspection, a job profile, or even your professional biography. Strategically written, these documents share the info in a fresh new way.
• Send your application package via overnight courier, or by fax. Inexplicably, sometimes changing up your game reaps fresh results.
• Do not ignore freelance or consulting opportunities.
• If you really have your target set on a big, large company that is difficult to enter, try getting in with one of that firm’s subsidiaries or a provider. You will make insider connections, which you can leverage to fulfill the appropriate hiring manager, together with time.
Competition is hard, and the average job hunt today can take six months, even more.
• If you are super interested in a job, call the HR section. Be ready to talk value with relevant-to-the-position preceding achievements.
• If you’re at a higher level, be more creative with your resume’s content. Add a chart that illustrates your impressive sales numbers, record of generating savings, or other quantifiable accomplishment. Or make a flow chart that shows visually the significant world players you’ve worked for, and the prominent positions you’ve held. No one ever said the resume needed to be boring, or mustn’t deviate from the standard.
Whatever you do, do not cross that fine line between persistence and creativity, and annoyance and weird! Mailing in a sock having a notice that clarifies “Now that my sock is in the doorway, I’d love to receive my ‘foot in the door’…” is likely to be met not with respect, but with doors closed and secured. And calling a few times a day would also cross the line. Sending chocolates is not likely to get anything but a toss in the garbage.
The best advice remains the tried and true: a tactical resume and cover letter, and media.
Published in a number of American and Canadian career publications, Stephanie also writes a weekly livelihood article for a neighborhood daily paper.