Resumes In Crayon

My career had stalled. My job search was getting no response. My resumes were seemingly sent into a black hole.
Perusing the want ads yet again, I came across a listing for a TV Producer position in Broadcasting magazine. (Broadcasting’s classifieds were the place to look for a television job at the time). Despite the fact the ad stated that candidates must have national experience in children’s programming and I lacked national credits, I decided to apply for the job.
And I had to figure a way to get noticed in spite of the fact I didn’t match the job requirements.
I researched the station, spoke with a cameraman who worked there, and got an idea.
Because the job was for kid’s programming I penned my cover letter in crayon. I wrote in the too-cute style of a first grader who struggles to master the alphabet – backward letters and all. (I also sent a traditional cover letter and resume).
The tactic worked. Within a few days I received a call from the Executive Producer. She said that the letter was the hit of the office and she had to speak to the person who thought of it. She invited me to interview for the position, but upon further discussion the position didn’t seem right and I declined the offer.
Turning down that offer to interview for a national show was almost as good as being offered the position. It boosted my confidence and led to a position with public broadcasting – my first national broadcast gig.
My career began – and continues – because I questioned conventional wisdom and tried something different.
Something to consider.
– m

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One Response to "Resumes In Crayon"

  1. Good story. While taking a chance and standing out from the crowd is the only thing that works in a crowded market (outside of connections) it also feels so risky. I guess drawing the balance between 'standing out' and standing out for the right reasons can be a delicate but necessary one. Either way, I suppose it's better than being forgotten.

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