Creativity is one of those newest sought-after features. No matter how the job-hunter must balance becoming creative without getting carried away!
Planning clear “chance meetings” and coming across as stalking the president may not be productive, however there are imaginative “foot in the door” thoughts, and here are a few. The notion is to be exceptional, but not weird.
• Find a temporary job with the company that you’d love to work for through an agency or the HR department. A six-week mission, conducted to near-perfection, can quickly turn into a contract or permanent position. Accessible to not just real positions, but also in professional offices and industrial work, it’s a superb approach to weed toxic working environments from your list of favorite employers.
• Leverage an inside connection to property an introduction to the hiring supervisor. Sell this individual in your credentials and appreciate, and he or she’ll then sell HR recruiting team too!
• Instead of sending in a resume for a posted job opening, deliver your latest top-notch performance review, a project profile, or your professional biography.
• Send your application package via overnight courier, or by facsimile. Inexplicably, sometimes changing up your game reaps fresh results.
• Don’t ignore freelance or consulting opportunities.
• If you truly have your target set on a major, large employer that is hard to get into, consider getting in with one of that firm’s subsidiaries or a provider. You’ll make diplomatic links, which you can leverage to meet the appropriate hiring manager, together with time.
Competition is hard, and the ordinary job search now can take six months, even more. The key to getting your foot in the doorway, is often persistence, plain and simple.
• if you’re super interested in a job, call the HR section. Be prepared to talk value with relevant-to-the-position preceding accomplishments.
• If you’re at a higher level, be more imaginative with your resume’s content. Add a chart that illustrates your impressive sales numbers, listing of creating savings, or other quantifiable achievement. 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 restart needed to be boring, or should not deviate from the standard.
Whatever you do, don’t cross that fine line between persistence and creativity, and annoyance and bizarre! Mailing at a sock with a note that clarifies “Now that my sock is at the doorway, I’d love to get my ‘foot in the door’…” is very likely to be met not with regard, but with doors closed and locked. And calling a few times each day would also cross the line. Sending chocolates is unlikely to get anything but a throw in the garbage.
The best advice remains the tried and true: a strategic resume and cover letter, and networking.
Award-winning and published professional resume writer, Stephanie Clark, is owner of New Leaf Resumes, a fulltime resume writing and interview training support. Published in several American and Canadian career publications, Stephanie also writes a weekly livelihood article for a neighborhood daily newspaper.