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May 18th, 2007, 07:08 AM #1Affiliate Manager Brings Doughnuts
I found the perfect position in affiliate marketing here in the Clearwater, Fla. area this week and applied through Monster.com. I didn't hear back right away so I sent a message through the contact us page on their site. Then I sent a LinkedIn message to connect with the owner of the company.
And then it came to me. I had to shamelessly bribe them. So I delivered a box of a dozen glazed Dunkin Donuts to their office and taped my resume to the top. The front desk attendant took the resume and thanked me for the donuts. She promised to hand deliver the resume to the boss.
Now I'm sitting back, waiting for the phone to ring.
Do you think it will work?
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May 18th, 2007, 07:26 AM #2
Not sure if it will work. Depends on the boss, if he is looking for an ethical person, then as you say "shamelessly bribe" them will not work. On the other hand. it might show if that you are desperately looking to get hired.
I think you should remove the back linkMa, where the beer? :escape:
May 18th, 2007, 08:57 AM #3
I think it's a good approach that could help you stand out from the other applicants. (I don't see anything unethical about it.) Especially considering the job you're applying for, thinking outside the box like that could be a real asset.
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May 18th, 2007, 09:20 AM #4
Donuts can be persuasive.
May 18th, 2007, 09:38 AM #5Originally Posted by MichaelColey
May 18th, 2007, 09:59 AM #6
I totally agree, too. You have to stand out from the crowd. Back in the 80's my partner sent flowers to the receptionist at Chrysler. He then called and asked if Lee was in and she said he was on another line. He asked her if the flowers arrived and stuck up a conversation with her (including some lame pick-up type lines). He kept her giggling on the phone long enough and finally she said, "I'll connect you with Mr. Iacocca. The conversation lasted 20 minutes and three days later we were in his office making our presentation.~Ernie
May 18th, 2007, 11:03 AM #7Originally Posted by Donuts
May 18th, 2007, 11:05 AM #8
May 18th, 2007, 11:06 AM #9Originally Posted by Anne
Gary the Writerguy -- a big fan of either donuts or Donuts!
May 18th, 2007, 11:18 AM #10
I'd say if you taped Donuts to your resume instead of donuts, you'd have a better shot.Jason Rosenbaum
May 18th, 2007, 11:20 AM #11
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As a candidate for their affiliate manager, I have a related but even better idea. Bring Donuts (the affiliate) to their program instead. Food Donuts are fine and tasty, but Donuts (the affiliate) will bring in enough money to buy Donuts (the food) by the trainload.
Seriously, I like what you did. It shows ingenuity and the ability to get yourself recognized in a positive light. Just know that if you get the job you will then be expected to bring them more and more.
May 18th, 2007, 11:26 AM #12
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Scooter, that was my thought when I read the thread title If a manager can bring Donuts to the table in a timely manner they should be hired immediatelyDeborah Carney
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May 18th, 2007, 11:27 AM #13Originally Posted by writerguy
Ummmm.... I am talking about donuts, what else?
May 18th, 2007, 11:33 AM #14Originally Posted by akagorilla
I think you made a very cool move. Generosity of spirit (and donuts!) is a positive attribute in anyone.Peace,
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May 18th, 2007, 11:40 AM #15
Well, if you really wanted to know ... Mixed would have been better because it would have shown that your open to please the masses and not just those who conform to just glazed donuts. Additionally, the lack of Crispy Creme action should that your not dedicated 100% just about 80% and can have problems finishing projects.
Nice effort though, now it's time to think out side of the box [of Donuts] for the responses the interview questions knowing that they've identified your shortfalls.
Next Time think ... WWJCLD?Continued Success,
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May 18th, 2007, 12:02 PM #16
Now if I could only convince them to call back and interview me.
Greg - Internet Marketing Gorilla
May 18th, 2007, 12:08 PM #17
i think we need to change the thread's title to say "doughnuts" for clarity.
May 18th, 2007, 01:43 PM #18
A six pack of something pale copper and hoppy might've worked best on me, but us Pacific Northwesterners do like our beers more than some.
I think bringing the donuts was a great idea. Might try bagels the following week. If that doesn't work, maybe a vegetable plate with various dips the week after that. You have to hit something to their tastes sooner or later...Eathan Mertz
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May 18th, 2007, 01:54 PM #19
I'm wondering just how many doughnuts were actually in the box?
I'm presuming that you tried the merchandise first, which would then leave 11. The receptionist had the box, so now you're down to 10...on the way to the lunch room, I'm sure that at least 2 more disappeared. By now, the boss is looking over the resume so he gets up to go take a look at this famous box of doughnuts and arrives just in time to see the last doughnut leave the box in the hand of another co-worker.
Bossman either gets a doughnut or he doesn't...if he does then you've got a shot, so it all depends on whether or not you tried the merchandise first.
I ask again, precisely how many donuts were in the box when you handed it to the receptionist?
Now let's say you had a bakers dozen..that means that you should have started with 13..the receptionist took 1, less 2 on the way, minus 8 in the lunchroom and even if you sampled one, then the bossman gets one.
It's becoming clearer to me that the entire outcome of your fate and future is suddenly and completely dependent on whether or not bossman actually ate a doughnut or not.
It turns out that it was a very very big decision indeed, to open your relationship with a box of a dozen doughnuts.
I need to know, exactly how many doughnuts were in the box?
May 18th, 2007, 01:56 PM #20
What if the boss is a diabetic? He will think you are trying to kill him. Just a thought.
May 18th, 2007, 01:59 PM #21
I decide when the pigs fly!
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May 18th, 2007, 02:03 PM #22
You'd be surprised how well bribery with donuts would work in plenty of the places I've worked. In fact, one place I worked had "food rules".
You got promoted. Bring donuts.
It's your birthday. Bring donuts.
It's your anniversary. Bring donuts.
Your kid graduated. Bring donuts.
Your lab tests came back negative. Bring donuts.
You got a new puppy. Bring donuts.
You won the office betting pool for the week. Bring donuts.
You screwed up and cost the company millions. Bring donuts.
The moon is in the seventh house. Bring donuts.
You get the picture. I wonder if that's why I gained 15 pounds while working there...-Don't criticize anyone til you've walked a mile in their shoes. Then when you do criticize them, you'll be a mile away and have their shoes.
- Silence is golden. Duct Tape is silver.
May 18th, 2007, 02:25 PM #23Originally Posted by 1av8r
If he ever calls back, I'll find out his preferences and possibly send him some Cigars or Steaks.
By the way, if he was in the office that day, I was planning to send them pizza...
May 18th, 2007, 02:39 PM #24
I think cream filled donuts are always a hit.
May 18th, 2007, 02:50 PM #25Monday Monday Monday
OK Gang of my new found colleagues.
I have an interview Monday 2 pm. with the VP of Marketing of said company.
What (if anything) should I bribe them with as a mid-afternoon snack?
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