Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Unusual Job Seeker Tactics in 2010

Almost one quarter of hiring managers reported in a new CareerBuilder survey that they are coming across unusual tactics by job seekers in an effort to get noticed, an increase from last year’s survey. While doing odd things to gain attention has been discouraged in the past, some hiring managers might look at a candidate who presents themselves differently as an innovative new employee.

Here are some examples shared on this year’s survey.

• Candidate brought in a DVD of his former boss giving him a recommendation.

• Candidate applying for a casino table game position came into my office and started dealing on my desk while pretending to talk to players, showing me her guest service skills.

• Candidate sent in a letter that explained how to solve an issue our company was having with a certain type of technology.

• Candidate who was a prospective teacher brought in a box of props to demonstrate her teaching style.

• Candidate came prepared with unique business cards featuring our logo and a self-introduction brochure.

• Candidate wrote a full business plan for one of our products with his resume submission.

• Candidate created a full graphics portfolio on our brand.

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