I know a lot of people will be losing their unemployment very soon. That is until Obama makes it a political issue and starts hammering Republicans to
give up another 99 weeks.
In the mean time I thought it might be a good idea for those of us that are employed or were successful in landing a job to share some of the creative
ideas on how we were successful?
This is what I did when my work dried up at the end of 2010 (AND, AND) before I ran out of money.
Put money away for gas and filled up my gas tank
Bought 25 USB sticks (Buy in bulk)
Bought Resume Paper
Bought Resume Envelopes
Refined my resume and had a few different people look at it.
Cover letter for each position applied for.
Built a very cool PowerPoint on who I was and why I was the right person for the job (Modify for each job applied for.)
I looked for a job on every job site I could find but I found indeed was the main web site I used. When I found a position I liked I did research on
who the decision makers were. I used LinkedIn for this task or called. You would be surprised on how helpful a receptionist is if you are super
Once I found who I thought was the right person, I customized the PowerPoint for that specific job and I included the decision makers name and company
name in the PowerPoint and cover letter and explained why I was the only possible person for the job. I put everything into the resume envelope and
addressed it to that person.
Then I got my butt in my Jeep and physically drove to the location and dropped it off. I used a total of 10 USB sticks, resumes and resume envelopes
before I had 4 interviews and one job offer which I took. I actually got a call the same day I dropped off one of my packages. It took me a total of
3 weeks before I was working again.
I used to be a truck driver but went back to school in 1997 and now I am in IT. Having said that, if you are smart and use some of your limited
resources before you are broke, I am confident that no matter what field you are in this may work for you.
Everyone is filling out resumes online or sending via email and decision makers are inundated with those delivery methods. To me that was a light bulb
that went off when I first started thinking about my unemployment. You have to make yourself unique and stand out from the rest. Even if you are a
"stale candidate", doing something like this may put you in a better position to get that face time you need.
My final point here is, each interview I went on, I was complemented on my unique delivery method so I think it may be a good idea.
I hope this helps!
(I used too much animation in my PowerPoint according to the guy that hired me so be careful with that..