Recruitment: Nine creative ways job seekers have impressed prospective employers

Beef Central, 10/10/2013


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IN a recent survey, OfficeTeam, a global staffing firm that specialises in the placement of skilled office and administrative professionals, asked Human Resources managers to recount the most impressive actions they have seen or heard an individual take to try to land a position.

The survey was based on telephone interviews with more than 650 HR managers in the US and Canada.

While not all of the examples below are directly applicable to job seekers in the red meat supply chain, the general principles have application across the entire job market. Much of it is about ‘standing out from the crowd’ in a competitive jobs marketplace, and showing initiative.

Here are nine of the favourite creative things job seekers have done:

  • An applicant walked in with coffee and donuts, and his resume underneath.
  • An applicant outlined what he planned to do for the company in his first six months of employment
  • A candidate contacted the company's board of directors to try to make his case for being hired.
  • Applicants have impressed HR with creative marketing approaches, like video or Youtube messages explaining why they should get the job.
  • A job seeker brought in a performance review from his past employer.
  • Someone applying for a position as a car detailer brought in his own vehicle to demonstrate his skills.
  • A candidate prepared an elaborate online portfolio and presentation.
  • One woman showed up with, literally, a suitcase full of binders containing letters of reference, certificates of achievement and other accolades.
  • One job seeker sent a handmade get-well card when she heard the hiring manager was under the weather.





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