My experience about using your recommended techniques in Australia.
Background. I'm applying for CFO or senior commercial finance manager roles.
1. Resumes. I used a one page resume as you recommended and invariably got feedback from about 60% of recruiters that the resume should be put over two pages and in larger font...one page being too hard to read.
2. Interviews. Your advice was very powerful and resulted in me literally blowing people away with my preparedness and concise approach. (Caveat...of 4 interviews with companies and 4 interviews with recruiters this week...I can say none of them had any idea about how to conduct a behavioural interview as described by Mark and Mike)
3. Closing. Asking for an offer...absolutely no-one expected this at the end of an interview and many didn't like the bold approach (probably Australian culture)....there were rather weird reactions from people who just didn't know what to do with such a strong approach.
4. Follow up. I followed your advice and sent a simple thankyou card to 3 people who interviewed me for a CFO role. I followed up at the end of the week to be told that I was the front runner for the role until they received the thankyou cards....they thought this was too keen and I've been dropped off their short list.
I've received 2 firm offers (Position, location, remuneration and start date) and something "less firm" (ie they want me to jump just one more hurdle) in one day from 4 company interviews this week. The company I missed out on was my favourite...but hey until I've got an offer I've got nothing.
Australian listeners beware...the interviewing series recommendations contain very very good advice...however in Australia...just tone it down a little...we are a few years behind the US.