Workers Go to Extremes to Get a Job

Workers Go to Extremes to Get a Job

Workers Go to Extremes to Get a Job

'Can-Dough' Attitude
"An applicant walked in with coffee and doughnuts, and her résumé underneath."

It can be a tough hiring market out there, but how far are you willing to go to stand out in a crowd of competitors? Apparently, some job applicants are willing to go a bit too far, according to a recent survey from OfficeTeam. Whether buying breakfast for interviewers or "stalking" the highest levels of the corporation, candidates occasionally make unorthodox decisions to distinguish themselves. As always, you should exercise good judgment. While demonstrating creativity can make you shine, you don't want to go over the top with an idea that's not appropriate for a professional job interview—or one that makes you look desperate. "Extreme tactics aren't always the best way to stand out with hiring managers," says Robert Hosking, executive director of OfficeTeam. "Often, perfecting job-search basics can get you noticed." With this in mind, we present the following real-life, extreme job applicant tactics, along with five old-school methods that still work. More than 650 HR managers took part in the research.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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