U.S. job-seekers try new tricks to get employers' eye

Wed Jun 10, 2009 2:59pm EDT
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By Ellen Wulfhorst

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Job-seekers are using unusual gimmicks to grab the attention of potential employers, such as in one case sending a shoe along with a resume to get a "foot in the door," said a survey released on Wednesday.

Almost a fifth of hiring managers report seeing more unconventional tactics this year, compared with 12 percent who said so last year, according to the study by CareerBuilder.com, an online jobs site.

Faced with the highest unemployment in 25 years, candidates are trying a variety of tricks, including:

* handing out resumes at stoplights

* washing cars in a company parking lot

* staging a sit-in in a company lobby to demand a meeting with a director

* sending a cake designed as a business card with the candidate's picture

* handing out personalized coffee cups   Continued...

<p>A man with a sign on his back uses a megaphone to attract the attention of potential employers as he hands out resumes in the financial district in Toronto, March 5, 2009. REUTERS/Mark Blinch</p>