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Written by Abby Kohut   

These days there are many new ways of forwarding your resume to a company – most of which involve a computer. We have the online application, the online resume and the online networking methodologies. Sometimes differentiating yourself is as easy as turning back the clock.

The old fashioned metal mailbox in the HR department tends to be very lonely these days. I remember the 90's well. I used to ride the bus back and forth to work every day accompanied by a stack of at least 200 resumes. I would flip through them one by one looking for those perfect candidates who I couldn't wait to call the next morning. These days, the only mail we receive in the HR department is invoices, new product advertisements and HR reading materials. Seeing a resume printed on bond paper with a well written cover letter every once in a while would be a breath of fresh air. Do you think I would risk a paper cut and open it? You betcha!

Fax machines around the country are lonely as well. They are no longer the most used piece of office equipment as they have given that title away to their cousin, the computer. I used to look forward to coming in on Monday mornings to see how many people faxed me their resume in response to my New York Times or Boston Globe ad. That was just 10 years ago – I can't imagine what we will have in the next 10 years thanks to technology. So why not fax your resume to the lonely fax machine? It's a great way to make sure that someone is going to actually read it. While you're at it, apply online as well so that you have two chances of being seen.

The last piece of antiquated equipment that needs reminiscing about is the telephone. With text messaging and e-mail becoming so prevalent, Alexander Graham Bell's famous invention has become a dinosaur in itself. Not so for my friend Bob who I bumped into at a networking event a few months ago. A headhunter placed an ad for a Purchasing Agent and Bob was one of 500 people who applied online for the job. Bob knew that he was the perfect candidate – the job description seemed as if it was taken directly from his resume. Bob waited for a few days, and then called the headhunter to check on his application. The headhunter was glad that Bob called because she didn't have time to look at all 500 resumes. While she had Bob on the phone, she screened him for the position and decided to send him in the next day to meet with the company. Bob landed the job in one week after making his phone call. Not all phone call attempts will work out as well. Also remember that calling is one thing, but stalking is another.

Absolutely Abby’s Advice:
In this economy, you must do things differently than your competition. Can I guarantee that the mailed in or faxed resumes will be read or that the phone call will be taken seriously every time? Absolutely not. But I can promise you that persistence and an extraordinarily positive attitude throughout your search will be met with great results.
 
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Drawn from my 18 years of experience and research in recruiting and Human Resources, my blog posts are intended to provide insight into what corporate recruiters and Human Resource professionals look for when they are evaluating your qualifications. Simply reading these blogs will not guarantee you success. However, consistently applying the strategies mentioned, as well as developing your own personal interview style, will greatly enhance your chances of victory amidst the competition. I wish you the best of luck with your search as you begin to take charge of your career!