With fewer jobs available in a failing economy, those responsible for hiring new workers say they’re seeing more job seekers try unusual antics to capture employers’ attention. One candidate even approached a hiring manager in a restroom while he was occupied with … other business, according to results of a survey released last week (Oct. 8, 2008) by CareerBuilder.com.
“Candidates have a short window to make a lasting impression on potential employers,” according to Jason Ferrara, senior career advisor at CareerBuilder. His company’s website attempts to match employers’ needs to people looking for work. “Resourcefulness and an inventive approach” may help workers stand out in employers minds, Ferrara said, but he added they need “an appropriate balance of creativity and professionalism (to be)remembered for the right reasons.”
Among the most memorable tactics, cited by more than 3,300 hiring managers surveyed for CareerBuilder during August and September, included job-seekers who:
- Advertised themselves on a billboard.
- Carried around a sign that said, “Will work for paying bills.”
- Brought a broom to the interview to “clean up waste and corruption in the office.”
- Wore a shirt to the interview that said, “Please hire me.”
- Showed up with breakfast for the employer every day until hired.
- Sent a giant cookie with “Hire Skip” written in frosting on it.
- Parked outside of the office building with a sign that said “Seeking employment.”
- Wrote a poem in her cover letter about why she wanted the job.
- Promised to give the employer a foot massage if hired.