There are tons of resume building tips out there. It is hard to know what to do.
* “Keep it to a page” vs. “Use as many pages as possible“
* “Tell a story” vs. “Keep it to just the facts“
* “Include an in-depth objective” vs. “Modern Resumes don’t have objectives“
You are flooded with so many contrary do & do-nots that your resume may suffer. The fact of the matter though is, for good companies with good unique jobs, it doesn’t matter what you write. It’s how you deliver the message.
The best example of this is the story of Greg Hoffman. Greg Hoffman started with the traditional steps. First he applied for his dream job through Monster.com. After not getting a response he sent a message through the company’s “Contact Us” page. There still was no response. Greg then bumped it up a notch and sent a message straight to the company’s owner. He still did not get a response.
Looking for different results, Greg started thinking “In the Box“. “In the Doughnut Box” to be more precise. Mr. Hoffman took the initiative and hand delivered a dozen freshly glazed Dunkin Doughnuts to the CEO’s Executive Assistant. The catch was that the box of Doughnuts had Greg’s resume taped to the top of it.
With this added move, and tasty treat, Greg almost immediately received an interview scheduled for the following Monday. Greg went into the interview already having people not only know him, they also liked him. After a short interview, Greg Hoffman got the job!
Thinking “In the Doughnut Box” not only gave Greg Hoffman a foot in the door, it gave him confidence and a leg up on everybody else. The ultimate resume tip is very similar to the doughnut-resume.
Don’t worry about “What’s in your resume“. You’ve worked hard and as long as the facts are there, it’s clear and has no misspellings, you should occupy your time with “What’s ON your resume“.
I wouldn’t do what Greg did exactly. What I want you to do is attach a business card to your resume. I want this business card to say something like. “Hopeful Future Employee” and have all of your contact information on it. This contact card will be paper-clipped to the top of your resume, NOT STAPLED. You don’t want to staple the card because you want this business card to be in the way, but not annoying. You also want it easily removed and saved. Hopefully right on your interviewer’s desk.
I want you to take your time and think of your own slogan. It doesn’t need to be “Hopeful Future Employee”. It’s actually better if you customize your catch-phrase to something that suits the company. Somebody applying to a job at Microsoft might want to say something like “Microsoft’s Happiest Future Developer” or “Professional Linux Destroyer”. For a place like Apple you could take their “Think Different” motto and make your business card phrase to “Thinking Different Since 1977″ (or whenever you were born).
Seem easy? Well it gets even easier when you add the fact that you can get free business cards here.
If you get the interview, stay rememberable. Use the same link above and get free thank you business cards. Attach a card with a different title. Have it read something like ”Extremely Thankful Interviewee”. Then attach it to a short thank you letter and you are guarnateed not to be forgotten!
This may worry some people. Your future boss wan’t think that this is ”too different”. He/she will not be bothered at all. It shows initiative. Using the business card trick actually gets you more attention without you having to call and put stress or pressure on them.