If you’re going to mail out hundreds of resumes to people you don’t know, or post your credentials on some web site, you might as well stand on a busy street corner and just hand out your resume to random passersby. You’re just as likely to find a job either way. That’s what I tell people who use conventional job hunting methods, and I figure I’m making my point. But there’s nothing I can think of that someone hasn’t already done…
Larry Dinsmore stands on corners with his resume plastered on his back. While I don’t know whether someone’s going to hire him right there on the street, he is doing something smart. Larry is meeting and talking to people, which beats staring at a computer screen and waiting for an employer to magically appear with an interview invitation. (This time-honored strategy was invented by personnel jockeys, aka “recruiters”, in big companies who sit on their butts waiting for the perfect candidate to magically appear on their pc screens. Nice work if you can get it.)
My guess is that Larry may actually get a job before you get a call about your online resume. His approach isn’t as goofy as you might think. While there are better ways to meet the right people, if Larry picks the right corners, he may meet the person who introduces him to his next boss. While his approach isn’t very high on my list of good job-hunting strategies, Larry’s one big step ahead of his lazy competition. He’s getting a little exercise to boot.
And I’ll bet he’s having a better time. If you want, he’ll make you a shirt with your resume on it: DamnINeedAJob.com.
What have you done today to meet someone who may introduce you to your next boss?