By Kevin Donlin | May 22nd, 2009
David Perry and I were in yesterday’s Christian Science Monitor in a story about extreme job-search tactics.
Here’s how one woman found work using our tactics:
Then there’s Jann FritzHuspen. After 18 months of looking for work, in September she express-mailed a coffee mug along with her application to three prospective employers, asking each if they’d meet her for coffee. Two ignored her. The third agreed and, a month later, offered her a job as executive director for a nonprofit organization in Roseville, Minn.
Here’s more about Jann and how she got hired:
Ms. FritzHuspen wasn’t the first to send a coffee mug to a prospective employer. The idea came from a guerrilla job-search boot camp she’d attended, hosted by Mr. Perry and Kevin Donlin, author of “51 Ways to Find a Job Fast – Guaranteed!” Mr. Donlin and Perry call the tactic “the coffee cup caper” and claim it yields phone interviews 100 percent of the time and an in-person interview about 30 percent of the time.
“This was just one of my tools in the toolbox,” says FritzHuspen. “[I]f I didn’t set myself apart, I simply wouldn’t get myself in the door.”
Jann was a member of our last job search bootcamp. Membership is closed for now, but her “coffee cup caper” is described in full detail, with step-by-step instructions, in our Guerrilla Job Search Home Study Course.