Finding the right resume in the pile

Finding the right resume in the pile

Finding the right resume in the pile

It can take a lot for an applicant to get noticed these days when many jobs receive 200 or more resumes, and it seems some are going out of their way to get HR’s attention.

OfficeTeam has collected some of the more “impressive” actions taken by job seekers. Some have a ring of desperation, while others just seem like common sense.  Either way, these are some very determined individuals.

  • "An applicant walked in with coffee and doughnuts, and her resume underneath."
  • "I've had someone outline what he planned to do for the company in his first six months."
  • "One job seeker sent a handmade get well card when she heard the hiring manager was under the weather."
  • "I've had people offer to work for free."
  • "I recall someone who travelled a great distance just to be interviewed."
  • “One applicant sent a gift and an invitation to coffee."
  • "We had a candidate who contacted our board of directors to try to make his case for being hired."

While the last might sound a little stalker-ish, some workers took a more “show-don’t-tell” approach with examples such as the potential car detailer who brought in his own vehicle as an example of his skills.

But when it came down to it, most HR pros praised company knowledge, fast responses and an ability to connect their skills to what the role required.

What impresses you most? Have you seen any exceptional examples of a job seeker standing out?



  • Joanne 2013-08-29 2:49:05 PM
    I had lady who was a recent graduate at the time come in and work 3 days a week in our office as a volunteer to get HR experience. She was not used to replace another staff, she was taken under our wing and shown
    all aspect of he human resources department. She then got a job outside of HR so ended her volunteer work. Then one of my staff resigned and guess who I hired..... the volunteer as I had seen her work ethic and she was already semi trained in our procedures. Best decision I made, she has worked out great.
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