Don’t worry. We aren’t going to start offering job or interview advice, but we do think Rob is on to something. In his Software by Rob blog, he suggests bringing something real to an interview so that you’re remembered long after the interview is over. The something real just happens to be a book all about you.
This brings me to a concept I’ve been cooking up for quite a while: a HireMe™ book. With cheap, high quality, on-demand publishers like Lulu and Blurb, creating a few copies of a custom tome is economical and requires minimal time investment. … [Y]ou can print your own commercial-quality paperback containing your resume, samples of your work, and, if you’re the creative type, a section of “Reasons to Hire Me.” I plan to devote a future essay to the concept and design of a HireMe™ book.
We don’t do commercial-quality paperbacks … yet … but our books are definitely bookstore-quality. What a great way to leave an impression.
Great idea, Rob. Let us know how your HireMe™ book concept takes shape.