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November 11, 2009

Job Seekers Beware: Resume Gimmicks Can Backfire

Filed under: General HR Buzz5:30 am

The challenging hiring environment has led some job seekers to use some unusual tactics to grab attention. Robert Half International recently asked executives to name the most unusual strategies applicants have employed. Survey respondents said candidates have done everything from advertising their skills on a sandwich board to attaching a shoe to a resume in order to “get a foot in the door.”

Creativity in a cover letter can bring attention to a candidate, but be careful with gimmicks. Hiring managers care more about the experience, education, knowledge and skills on the resume than the packaging. The best advice: put your energy into creating a clear and error-free document.

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