Bypass the online employment process


Recently several of my clients were so frustrated at sending their resumes into cyberspace that they decided to do things the old-fashioned way.  They just showed up at a company where they wanted to work with a folder full of resumes.  One even got hold of the HR Manager by checking out her name in advance on the company’s website.  She googled the website and got the names of the management team and found the HR Director’s name.

She called the company in advance and was told the usual, “Go online and fill out an application there.”  So she decided to just pop in at the company and ask for that HR Director by name.  Three times she heard the same old story.  But on her fourth try, she hit paydirt.  Persistence pays.  She was asked to fill out a job application on the spot.  If that happened to you, would you be ready?  Make sure that you are by having a sample job application already completed to save time.  Here’s what you will need:

Your neatly printed resume, of course, is a key.  Have your current contact information, phone number and email address.  Make sure you have all the correct contact info for your former employers including your dates of employ, who you worked for, his or her contact info, the exact name and address of these companies and your starting and ending salary.

You will also want to detail your educational background, dates and major course of study.  In some cases, you might be asked for your GPA.   Lastly, have a prepared resume list with all names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses and perhaps even how you are connected to that person, i.e. – colleague, boss, client, friend, and how long you have known them.

Be prepared for a brief on-the-spot interview by telling the interviewer the hours, days and dates when you are available to work.  Have a calendar and good writing pen on you and dress for success as though you knew you were going to be interviewed.  Be sure and get the business card of the person who talks with you and then follow up this interview with a phone call about a week later.

You might waste some time and gasoline but wouldn’t it be nice to actually put a name with a face?  It’s certainly better than sending out 100 resumes into cyberspace. Ω

Gale Brown Sandler is the founder of Griffin Resume Service and can be reached at  

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