Just a month ago, I ran across a May 2016 article in the Houston Business Journal about Raul Sanchez. Raul is a former oil and gas engineer that was laid off in September 2015. Despite working for some of the major companies, he was having trouble finding a new position in his field. With a family to support, he decided to hit the streets with a sign saying, “Hiring? Take my resume :-)” (Yes, there was a smiley face on the sign as well. It proceeded to list his qualifications and a little humor as one of his skills were being a “stellar dancer”.
This made me think, “Man, he’s going beyond the old school way of finding a job.” When I first started the job hunt as a teenager, the best way to get a job was to walk in the business with your resume and fill out an application. Today, it may take as little as 1 or 2 clicks of your mouse to apply for a position. This led me to wonder if the old “feet to the street” concept would ever come back. Fast forward to 3 hours ago…I was walking up to my office when I am stopped by a lady in the lobby. As I walked toward the elevator up to my floor, the lady approached me to ask how to get to the closest light rail stop. She then proceed to tell me that she was new here and worked for Goldman Sachs and other financial institutions. She proceeded to hand me a resume followed by a brief elevator pitch and taking down my name which I was strangely obliged to give. We said our pleasantries and she was on her way.
When I finally got in the elevator, I looked at her resume and it was actually worth looking at even thought there was obviously too much information and even a summary of her life story on this 3 page document. Would I hire her? Maybe. The fact that she was personable enough to approach me with a good attitude was enough (despite being in my personal bubble).
Is feet to the street, resume in hand job searching the new old trend in the way we become employed. I say let’s bring it back! Let’s walk into companies with our suit and resume and show people how hungry we are to obtain a career. Some of us have networked for a job, however have you every positioned yourself in front of a person with your resume in hand other than at a career fair? The thought of this may be giving you anxiety. Imagine if this was the only way for Millennials to find jobs. What if this is the best way for you to get a job? Is old school job searching becoming a fad? Would you do it? Let me know your thoughts. Leave your comments below because I’m interested in what you think.