A job search can create panic.
Many job seekers whip up a résumé and start slinging it into the portals of any job that looks suitable. They spend days and weeks doing this.
Not much happens.
And besides wasted time, they may also have burned a few opportunities. This is because the unsuitable résumé is now in the applicant tracking systems of those companies. Going back and applying again, with a better document may not be possible now. And even if it is, it may create confusion.
One of my clients decided on a different approach. He would carefully examine each opportunity and vet it. Was it truly a company he wanted to work for? Was this really a job that looked interesting?
He took some time to research the company. He worked with me to do some résumé tweaks so that what he offered matched what the company needed.
He then took two extra steps:
1. He reached out to connect with a recruiter for that company, to let her know that he was applying for the position online.
2. He did some research to find out who the hiring manager was, so he could write a brief, targeted letter to submit as well.
The recruiter asked for his materials. He provided them. Then he hopped online to complete the application.
Guess what happened? In less than one hour, he had an initial interview scheduled.
He could have spent all that time submitting a blind application, or perhaps two or three of them. But instead, he decided to be more deliberate. After all, he’s a professional! He knows his field. He wants to make sure his next job is the right fit, for him and the employer.
Need some guidance for your job search? Contact me now. A job search is about more than a résumé.