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This tactic is non-threatening -- the hiring manager can always duck into a closet when you show up -- yet it shows you don’t shrink from rejection. And it can lead to more in-person interviews than you’ll likely get hiding behind the anonymity of email.
If you’ve been surfing the Web and furiously sending out resumes by email, how’s that working for you? How many job interviews has the Internet produced by itself? If you’re happy with your results, great.
If not, try this experiment: Make a plan to meet five employers in the next five days, by hand-delivering your resume and a customized, well-researched cover letter to their office.
The worst they can say when you call to ask for a meeting is no. No problem -- just email your resume as you would have done anyway.
But if just two employers agree to let you drop off your resume, you’ve just secured two job interviews! Because, whether they say so or not, any in-person meeting with any employer is a job interview. You will be judged by your appearance, the questions you ask, and the knowledge (or ignorance) you display, just as in a formal interview.
So arrange your “resume drop-off” meetings this week and prepare accordingly. Then, go out and make your own luck.