4. Print some business cards for yourself
Networking can take place anywhere – from a special event to a local coffee shop, so you should always be prepared with a business card. Many professionals have business cards, but that doesn’t mean that they’re only for those who are employed. A college graduate who has a business card shows employers that they are serious, ambitious, and determined to find a job in their field.
5. Unconventional resume strategies
If it’s been a few months since you’ve sent your resume to companies online and haven’t even gotten a response, try some unconventional resume strategies. Here are a few examples:
• If you are applying to a company in the fashion industry then send your resume printed on a t-shirt
• If you are applying to an analytical/research position then put all your skills into a pie chart and put your past employment achievements on a line-graph. Go to this page for an example.
• If you happen to be applying to a company in the food in food industry then try sending your resume printed on a mug.
These are just examples but the point is that since your old resume didn’t work before, you have nothing to lose here. Creativity is a characteristic that employers admire, so come up with your own ideas too. Let’s say you’re the recruiter for a pet store company and one day you get a package that has a toy dog in it with a resume attached – how would you feel? This would be a story to tell everyone, and you would never forget that job applicant.
6. Be a consultant…for a few minutes.
If you're a recent college graduate, one great way you can stand out is to act like you already work at the company by doing a SWOT analysis (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) and coming up with a new idea for the company. You can learn how to do a simple SWOT analysis here. It’s not necessary to send the actual SWOT out to the company; it’s just a good way to brainstorm a new product or strategy. Your idea doesn’t have to be very long or complicated either; a simple page will do. Be sure to e-mail or send it via snail mail to the head of a particular department rather than to the company’s “general inquiries” email.
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