You’ve got a great resume. It lists your achievements. It showcases your value.
You’re ready to get that job!
Except, you are not ready.
Most job seekers start first thing this way. They believe if they check that box, all they have to do is start submitting the resume, and the interviews and offers will flow.
Thing is, hiring is not about the resume.
Sure, you need it. It’s a visual representation of your underlying value and can be easily shared by recruiters and read by hiring managers. But the real “meat” of the search comes through your contacts.
Getting a job requires letting the right people know that you are there to solve the company’s problems. So here are three things you can do in addition to rebooting your resume:
1. Reach out to your friends, especially former colleagues and bosses. Former clients are great, too! Ask them how they are, start a conversation, then ask if they would be willing to chat with you about further connections. Do they know anyone at your target companies? Anyone they think would be a great connection? Always offer to help them in exchange.
2. Make new connections within the target companies. Connect with folks who have the role title you’re seeking. Tell them you are trying to widen your circle and find out how things are going in the industry.
Gradually, you can ask them about how they like working at that company, and if they’ve heard if hiring is gearing back up. Are there any professional organizations they belong to? Maybe you can attend the next meeting. Ultimately, you might find out about the company’s direction and goals, and maybe you will hear about an unadvertised job. Never forget to thank them!
3. Attend professional events. This can be virtual OR in person. Aim for organizations in your industry. This is where you can find out the most about trends, get additional training (always good for your resume!), and meet hiring managers. Volunteer for a committee! Great way to make new friends.
When you do see an advertised role, you will be ready to let one of your contacts know you’re applying! You might even get connected to the hiring manager through your new professional friend. You might also find out about roles that are not advertised! (Many jobs are not.)
Your goal here to be seen and known and to gather intel. You simply cannot do that just by submitting a resume!
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