With the labor market still in a squeeze, it's not an exaggeration to say that some folks will do almost anything to land a job. But sometimes it's the little things that get job-seekers noticed by prospective employers, a new survey by OfficeTeam suggests.
Human resources (HR) managers were asked to recount the most impressive action they have seen or heard an individual take to try to land a position.
Here are some of their responses:
The survey was developed by OfficeTeam, a staffing service specializing in the placement of highly skilled administrative professionals. It was conducted by an independent research firm and is based on telephone interviews with more than 650 HR managers at companies with 20 or more employees in the United States and Canada.
Show and tell
Some job seekers did a little show and tell:
There were professionals who shined by going back to basics:
The best policy
And then sometimes employers just want the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth:
"Extreme tactics aren't always the best way to stand out with hiring managers. Often, perfecting job-search basics can get you noticed," said Robert Hosking, executive director of OfficeTeam. "There is much to be said about showing up on time for interviews, dressing in professional attire and doing your homework."