Skip to comments.In Tough Job Market, Applicants Try Résumé Gimmicks
Posted on 01/25/2014 8:06:07 AM PST by Innovative
Vitae Delivered With a Pillow or by Stuffed Carrier Pigeon Bring Attention but Not Always Gigs.
The box was delivered to the Los Angeles office of One Fine Stay, a business that arranges short-term accommodations in luxury homes. Stuffed inside was a queen-size pillow in a cheap cotton pillowcase.
The intriguing gimmick didn't ultimately work for Pillow Guy, who was rejected after one phone conversation and a face-to-face interview. Also rebuffed by One Fine Stay: an applicant who "delivered" a résumé via a stuffed carrier pigeon and another who included a link to his unpublished erotica.
Companies like the online craft marketplace Etsy have seen it all. Senior recruiting manager Bobby Gormsen says recent entries include an embroidered cover letter, a potholder résumé, a paper-garland résumé that looked as if it could be strung on a Christmas tree and an application that bobbed up in a corked bottle.
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The “Wendy Davis” method of resume enhancement.
These are desperate times.
In a shaky economy, companies tend to be especially risk-averse. The creative guy who behaves unpredictably? Not so much demand for that.
In the meantime the massive layoffs continue.
WalMart is just announced they are laying off some 2300 workers from their Sam’s Club operation.
Evil Republicans shafting the proletariat, right?
This stuff is creative, but I wouldn’t give a borderline candidate an interview because of it.
He should try “gay” erotica, betcha that would work!
It was difficult enough to get a resume read during ‘the old normal’ times. In these current times, the competition in many locales is massively greater.
20,000 lined up to get applications for the new Walmarts opening in the DC area, for example.
I recall at several companies during the 80s and 90s the personnel department could collect applications and resumes, toss them into a box, and have the janitorial person toss the box into the trash at the end of the day. When companies get inundated with applications and resumes, they don’t take the time to read them. They might pull a half-dozen or so out of the stack eventually, but most end up in File 13.
In the 1980s I noticed a trend of companies using personnel from temp agencies. In some cases, they only needed the person short term. In other cases, they might offer the ‘temp’ a full time job after a while. The companies used the temp agencies as screeners. That made it easier for the company to ‘return’ an incompetent ‘temp’ without the potential threat of a lawsuit.
About 25 years ago I tried to apply at a company I really wanted to work for but had no luck. I then placed a resume under the wiper of every expensive looking car in the parking lot. No hit hits and probably confused a lot of people.
I took my resume to a professional resume service. They reworked my resume. I sent that version off to 3 companies and got 2 job offers. I guess creative didn’t work in my case.
Now the recruiters are collecting resumes to try & sell their services to clients- for jobs that are a year old or never even existed in the first place. Watch it with the ones who seem to want some obscure “experience” or what the client “is looking for” keeps “evolving”.
I read somewhere that a lot of these jobs are posted for the benefit of shareholders/ investors to make the company look like it has more business than it does. I don’t doubt it. The ads keep running & running- or wait a few months & run them again. Nobody has turnover like that.
It’s a damn mess.
Here is the one sentence on a resume that has proven to be 100% effective in getting an applicant the job they always wanted!
“My Dad owns the company.”
For government jobs it’s
“My Dad is the Director of this department.”
Most resumes stink, and just throwing resumes around doesn’t work. You need a professional network and then do your homework and get in touch with the hiring manager at each company.
That has been the best way I have found to get hired. It’s tough to get a decent job right off the street with a cold contact.
More frequently, you have to apply online and then the application is scanned for key words. Only if your resume has enough of the key words they are looking for does a human look further into your application. I think this is especially true in the tech fields.
The Recovery was in 2009 and 2010.
“Recoveries” are short term and don’t last very long.
Since 2011 we have been in the obama economic boom.
Welcome to Free Republic. I see that you signed up on Aug 7, 2007 yet your first comment was today, Jan. 25, 2014 to talk up Obama’s “recovery”.
Nice try troll.
No sarcasm tag....zot
...another example of the tragedy of the 19th Amendment...
They probably work at the plant that manufactures EBT/SNAP cards.
The nice thing about tech fields is that demand is still high and recruiters will fight over you to get you a job.
What stinks is still having your phone go off 5-6 times a day from recruiters your first month on the job until everyone gets the word you’re off the market.