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Employers Share Most Unusual Tactics Job Seekers Have Used to Get Hired in New Survey

CHICAGO, October 8, 2008 - As the job market tightens, job seekers are becoming more creative in their efforts to attract the attention of potential employers. One-in-ten hiring managers (12 percent) surveyed by reported that they are seeing more job seekers try unusual antics to capture their attention in 2008 compared to previous years.

Some of the most memorable tactics identified by these hiring managers include:

  • Candidate advertised on a billboard.
  • Candidate carried around a sign that said, "Will work for paying bills."
  • Candidate brought a broom to the interview to "clean up the waste and corruption in the office."

  • Candidate wore a shirt to the interview that said, "Please hire me."
  • Candidate showed up with breakfast for the employer every day until hired.
  • Candidate approached the hiring manager in a restroom.
  • Candidate sent a giant cookie with "Hire Skip" written in frosting on it.
  • Candidate parked outside of the office building with a sign that said, "Seeking employment."
  • Candidate wrote a poem about why she wanted the job in her cover letter.
  • Candidate promised to give the employer a foot massage if hired.
  • Candidate noticed the employer wrote a blog about a particular restaurant. She persuaded the restaurant to put her name on the menu so the employer would see it the next time he ate there.
  • Candidate created an electronic resume with flash animation and musical score.

"Candidates have a short window to make a lasting impression on potential employers," said Jason Ferrara, Senior Career Advisor at "Those who apply resourcefulness and an inventive approach to their job search may have a better chance of standing out in the minds of hiring managers. The key is making sure you are maintaining an appropriate balance of creativity and professionalism so you are remembered for the right reasons."

Survey Methodology
This survey was conducted online within the U.S. by Harris Interactive on behalf of among 3,388 hiring managers and human resource professionals (employed full-time; not self-employed; with at least significant involvement in hiring decisions) ages 18 and over between August 21 and September 9, 2008 (percentages for some questions are based on a subset U.S. employers, based on their responses to certain questions). With a pure probability sample of 3,388, one could say with a 95 percent probability that the overall results have a sampling error of +/- 1.68 percentage points and, respectively. Sampling error for data from sub-samples is higher and varies.

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