A New Job Search Approach:
One Step Backwards
We’ve all heard the expression, “One step forward, two steps back.”
Today, though, I’m advocating for a new expression and a new job search approach: “One step backwards, two steps forward.”
The step backward to which I’m referring pertains to taking a step away from technology and toward a simpler time. A technology diet, if you will, with the intention of moving forward–something I’m sure we’ll all agree is a good thing.
This new expression could apply equally as well to taking a step back from what you’re doing to evaluate what’s working from what’s not in order to focus on new solutions. That’s a good idea too, and maybe one I’ll tackle another day.
For now, though, I’m going to focus on just one thing: taking a step away from the computer, and specifically away from job boards and emails.
“Where is this coming?” from you ask. Let me tell you.
Yesterday I cleaned out a drawer and had an epiphany of sorts. Among things I stumbled on were books my kids had written and illustrated while in grade school (self-published, original, highly adorable, on brightly colored construction paper) and cards my husband had written and given me when we first started dating more than 21 years ago (when our love was just beginning to blossom).
Had my kids written those books on the computer and saved them as .doc files and had those cards my husband sent me been emails, I’m quite certain it wouldn’t have elicited the same reaction in me.
I like — people like — having something they can hold in their hands.
While technology does make it ridiculously easy to send someone your resume via email, nothing will ever replace the tangible feeling of holding paper, good quality paper, in your hands.
Yes, it requires more work, but this effort is precisely what will make you stand out from the people you’re competing with for jobs. It shows a level of professionalism, engagement, and caring that goes light years beyond merely pressing the send button.
That’s why today I want to challenge you to go out and buy some high-quality cotton resume writing paper. I recommend Southworth — it is, in my humble opinion, quite simply the finest resume paper you can buy.
Then, print your resume on the paper and snail-mail it to prospective employers along with a nice cover letter asking for an interview and telling them what’s in it for them if they give you one. Remember: it’s not about what you want but what you can do for them and their bottom-line.
See what happens, and let me know the results.