This is what brought me to the idea of creating a Visual Resume. I needed something that will spark up curiosity. I had to introduce something to interrupt the canned reply of, 'talk to the hand'. I disturbed this generic response by giving her something that she's never seen before. This sparked her interest and gave us something to talk about other than, 'go away'.
My 'foot in the door' was very effective and sometimes lead to talking to the supervisor. This in itself was great, but what was even better is that I felt more in control!