Attaining Success Through An Alternative Route
About a decade ago, I received a resume from a job candidate that was rolled into a scroll and slipped into the knot on a brand new sneaker. A card that came with the box read, "I just wanted to get my foot in the door." Did it work? As a matter of fact, yes. I was impressed by the applicant's ingenuity (although I wondered just how many pairs of sneakers she had bought for the sake of her job search). It was a risk, though as some recruiters would have been instantly turned off by her gimmick.
These days, alternative resumes go even further. Some job applicants send video resumes, audio resumes, Power Point slideshow presentations, or links to their personal websites. Others have posted resumes on professional networking sites such as LinkedIn. Before you jump on the alternative resume bandwagon, be sure to think carefully about your choice of alternative resume. Your choice should be uniquely appropriate to the industry or position you are applying for. Here are five types of alternative resumes that you might want to consider - and the situations in which you should, and should not, consider them:
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