With an anticipated surge in jobseekers, it’s only going to get harder for candidates to get noticed by employers.
This predicted deluge of applications means that being distinctive is an increasingly decisive factor.
Rosemary Haefner, Chief HR Officer at CareerBuilder.com, says that recruiters and candidates are starting to realise this, and that an extraordinary cover letter and a résumé just isn’t enough these days.
“Unfortunately,” she adds, “what many aren’t realising is that the catch is making sure you do that in a professional, respectful way.”
Accordingly, CareerBuilder.com has compiled a list of 13 unusual things jobseekers have done to get noticed, which can be seen below.
1. Candidate had a priest contact the hiring manager and ask for candidate to be hired.
2. Candidate bought a first class upgrade to sit next to hiring manager on a transatlantic flight.
3. During the month of October, candidate came dressed in a costume for Halloween.
4. Candidate’s wife made homemade lavender soap bars for the hiring manager as a thank you for taking the time to interview the candidate.
5. Candidate asked hiring manager to share an ice cream cone.
6. Candidate sent a pair of embroidered socks with a note saying he would knock the company’s socks off, if hired.
7. Candidate showed up in his camp counsellor attire with some of the children from the camp he worked for to show his leadership capabilities.
8. Candidate sent a shoe with a flower in it as a thank you after the interview. The note said: “Trying to get my foot in the door.”
9. Candidate mailed hiring manager money in an envelope.
10. Candidate arrived to interview in a white limousine, an hour early, dressed in a three-piece suit. The open position was middle-wage and had a required dress code of khakis, company button-down and black shoes.
11. Candidate kissed hiring manager.
12. Candidate gave hiring manager a book on a subject he knew candidate manager enjoyed.
13. Candidate wore a tie that had the name of the company he was interviewing with on it.