Should I go door to door with my resume?

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Should I go door to door with my resume?
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Laura Machan

Laura Machan

Laura Machan is a Partner, Recruitment Solutions for Lee Hecht Harrison Knightsbridge based in Toronto, Ontario. Although she has been recruiting for quite a few years, she still gets a big thrill from calling someone to set up an interview and an even bigger thrill when she hears a happy dance as she tells them when their new job starts. Laura lives with her family in Oakville, where she has lived for over 25 years, and is a significant contributor to the Canadian Federation of University Women - Oakville and Women in Nuclear, Golden Horseshoe Chapter.

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Hiring is like toilet paper. Most managers only think about it when they are out and in desperate need. This means showing up unannounced with your resume expecting respect and consideration probably won’t happen.

There are exceptions. My son is looking for a dish washing job. Dropping into a restaurant and shaking hands with the owner or manager can work. He made a strong enough impression that they gave him a couple of trial shifts last weekend.

He was smart about his timing. He did not ask to speak with the manager in the middle of a busy dinner service. No, he stopped by on a weekday between lunch and dinner when the manager not only had time to talk with him, but was also in a thinking ahead frame of mind rather than the reactionary chaos of the lunch rush.

There are not many other roles that get filled this way. You cannot drop by a plant and expect to get a meeting with the Production Manager, nor can you expect to have a meaningful conversation with the Marketing Manager of a non-profit on a drop by.

People are

a) busy with more pressing issues (like the toilet paper order) or
b) just not in the right frame of mind to consider whether you would be a fit.

The bottom line is to be sensitive to your audience. Once you can identify who you need to connect with and the best way to do it, the rest will become clear.

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