The Time is Money Technique
Want to make sure your mailed materials are reviewed ... even when it may be among a stack of hundreds of other resumes? Follow this simple technique: attach a crisp new $1 bill to your resume/cover letter and place a yellow post-it note on the bill with the following handwritten note:
I know that time is money and I value your time. Would you please invest two minutes in reviewing my resume today, and in taking my phone call later this week? I appreciate your time.
The Video Resume Technique
Trying to get your foot in the door of an employer located at a distance from where you live? If you are able to create a master video of your responses to some standard interview questions, that video can be duplicated and utilized as support for your job search. A video interview tape can be utilized in two ways: first, as a door opener with a select few employers that you are targeting, and second, as an alternative method for moving forward a stalled phone interview process.
In preparing the video resume master for duplication, it is important to record an appropriate introduction and closing for the tape. Your introduction should be short and sweet, explaining who you are and the purpose and format for the tape. Your closing should provide a very specific next step for the employer to follow in making direct contact with you. Have copies made for you professionally to avoid any cheesy did-it-in-my-basement look. And label each tape with a printed label, including your name and contact information. Always include your written resume folded and attached to the videotape.
The Audio Resume Technique
If you have a strong voice and would like to make a unique impact on a company, send an accompanying audio tape or CD along with your resume. On this tape/CD, take no more than five to ten minutes to explain why you are the best person for the job. Most hiring managers have a commute and a car and a tape/CD player. Make sure you stick to a tight structure and script the dialogue only as much as you need to stay focused. This is not an opportunity for you to tell your life story. It is, like your resume, an opportunity to entice the hiring manager into a potential interview.
The Voicemail Resume Technique
If you have the Audio Resume Technique mastered, you may want to place the information on commercial voicemail for playback on demand. Simply rent a voicemail number which will allow you to have a lengthy outgoing message, and record your two or three or five minute introduction to you. Then publicize your voicemail via a simple postcard mailing to select companies (you can send it to as many as 40 companies for under $10) which provides them with a number to call to learn more about you and your background.
Be careful to avoid the appearance that you are selling any product other than you. Make it clear that you are providing the employer with your audio resume. Many will react positively, since they are able to hear your voice and learn more about you without making the commitment to talk to you directly. And it is unique!
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