Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Joe Candidate: Problem Solver.

I just received an unsolicited resume from a guy for a job I don't have. Not sure about his target marketing skills (I'm not a hiring authority, but I am networked with a bunch of companies and recruiters), but I am sure that his approach in his email grabs me more than a standard "let me introduce myself" email. He focuses on the problems he can solve. I like the concept. Do you see candidates "drawing you in" more with their emails, resumes, cover letters?

Dear Mr. Vlastelica,

Are all your Divisions / Operations performing up to expectations?
  • Do you have an operating unit that has a great product / service but needs experienced guidance?
  • Do you have a new operation that needs someone who can roll up his sleeves and work without the corporate net?
  • Do you have a “Problem Division” that needs someone to whip it into shape?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions I may be the answer to your problem.

[overview of background and resume followed]

Monday, August 04, 2008

Using images in your networking emails

It's been a while since I've blogged. I've been consumed with the re-launch of my recruiting toolbox website (will be finished by next week).

Anyway, I received an email from a headhunter, who is networking for an HR position in Hawaii. What I loved about it was that they put a picture of the beautiful "office view" right in the email. Clearly, the company doesn't matter with a view like that (kidding!). Seriously, it made me wonder, "Why don't we use more images to help candidates visualize their new opportunity?".

Do you ever use images in your job postings or networking emails? Do they work well? Please share.