Cover letters & hard copies
I'm a bit concerned that my opening section and my choice of photo on my recent Cover Letter post may have misled some people to believe I was advocating sending hard copies of CVs with cover letters to prospective employers and recruitment consultants.
For the sake of clarity, that's a definite 'no' unless that employer is specifically requesting a hard copy.
There is a real danger someone may misread your love of paper and of being 'different' for an aversion to everyday technology (email, online etc).
Maybe there's still room for an innovative hard copy approach to open up a conversation, but that's the exception that will prove the rule.
Don't buck people's recruitment systems. Instead, use them to your best advantage (read my previous post). Email and online submissions are beautiful.