You will not get a job if you just email a resume. The HR department just received 20,000 identical emails.
Do something to stand out or you’ll never break through.
At one extreme: Here’s the coolest job application I ever received. A pizza box full of items to show that the applicant gets who we are and what we do.
At the other end: We have a member of our team who got hired because she sent a great cover letter in the mail. It was the only paper resume we got, so we noticed. We weren’t even hiring, but the letter was so great we had to grab her before someone else did.
Here’s the letter:
College graduate sends resume via snail mail on purpose
CHICAGO, IL — GasPedal employees were taken by surprise Friday afternoon when the mailman dropped off a letter at their Chicago office. The local mailman, who has been out of work since 2004, hand delivered the lone letter containing the resume of Chicago native Adele Laurie Hazan. “I’ve been out of a job ever since Creed broke up — I’m not quite sure if the two are correlated… No one seems to need me anymore. Why would anyone actually go out and buy stamps? I am the mailman and I don’t even know how much it costs to send a letter.”
Hazan’s resume, which was printed on thick, scented cardstock contained work experience in a variety of places including the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Parliament of the United Kingdom. “I was excited at first because I thought she worked for George Clinton and the Parliament — you know the ambassador of funk? But it turned out to be some housing and immigration stuff,” said GasPedal employee Joe Smith. Smith scanned the resume and emailed it around the office as one of his many daily funny forwards. It also included a link to a YouTube clip from Sister Act II: Back in the Habit of Whoopi Goldberg singing “Wait a minute Mr. Postman.” Everyone in the office got a big kick out of it.
Ironically, we were able to reach Hazan in regards to this story via email. When asked why she chose this antiquated means of communication, she told us she was having trouble stealing her neighbor’s internet that week and had read about the US Postal Service in a book. As self-proclaimed fastest-typer on this side of the Mississippi, and lover of all things Google — in addition to her work in public relations — she felt as though she was well qualified to work for GasPedal. Hazan lists her assets as an employee to include her strong writing skills, creativity, and status as pop culture know-it-all.
“I am not sure if it’s my resume or the way I sent it that is creating such a stir over there,” says Hazan. “Either way, it would be an honor to work for GasPedal.” Like most Millenials, she survives on water, Facebook, a wide range of blogs, and is very interested in somehow applying her University of Wisconsin-Madison college education to those items — this is where GasPedal comes in. She has not yet received a response from GasPedal; however, she expects it to arrive in the snail mail. After all, she is taking credit for making postal service “vintage” and “hip” again.