OfficeTeam, a staffing service, gathered impressions from 650 HR managers impressed by applicants who conveyed that they really wanted a job (officeteam.com).
One brought her résumé under coffee and donuts. Another, lugging a suitcase, did a presto! Out came letters of reference, certificates of achievement and other accolades, OfficeTeam reports.
Another, upon hearing that the hiring manager wasnt feeling well, took action. She mailed a handmade get-well card.
A would-be detailer strutted his stuff in his own car. A man who wanted an entry-level job wore a three-piece suit. Then there is the group of candidates, persistent in calling to make sure they got the position," OfficeTeam says.
Know the environment youre about to enter. Ms. Coffee-and-Donuts probably applied in a team environment. The Traveler should have been looking for a job hiring a star or a bureaucrat. Ms. Get-Well belonged in a tight-knit group where being personal and real was acceptable.
Could the tactics have backfired? You bet. Ms. Coffee-and-Donuts didnt belong in a no-nonsense environment that cared only about her résumé. The Traveler might have worked out in sales but not in administration. Ms. Get-Well didnt belong in creative services unless her illustrations were top-notch.