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Tired of online job sites, he tried giving his resume to a human being




[John Pendygraft | Times]

On an average day, Russell Jacoby gets maybe 30 to 40 job alerts e-mailed to him from dozens of Web sites —,,,,, — and he applies for maybe half of those jobs.

He gets an automated response very rarely. He gets a personal response almost never.

"I can't talk to anybody face to face, so they don't hear the expressions in my voice or my passion for work," he said. "I want them to see a person."

So Jacoby decided to go door to door, with a new stack of resumes, actually printed on paper. An on-the-spot rejection, he thought, might in some strange way feel less empty than another non-response on the Internet. 

St. Petersburg Times writer Michael Kruse accompanied Jacoby as he hoofed it to Dollar General, Family Dollar, Target and Walmart seeking human interaction.

Read about Jacoby's face-to-face meetings, then share your feedback: Do you have suggestions for Jacoby or others searching for work in the Tampa Bay area?

[Last modified: Monday, May 24, 2010 4:03pm]


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