The waiting game should be played rather than watched. After you send out your resume, the anxiety of waiting to hear back can be more than stressful; wouldn’t you rather work on hearing from the company rather than waiting to hear from them?
Hiring managers can potentially receive hundreds of resumes daily if they are doing their job correctly – how do you make sure your resume gets seen?
Here are a few tips to keep getting your resume bumped to the top of the pile:
- Print & Send – After you’ve emailed your resume, make sure to mail a hard copy to the same manager. Most messages in an inbox will be read once and then never get a second look. If the hiring manager did not have a chance to print your resume right then, then you are going to miss out. Take the guessing out of the situation by mailing a hard copy of your resume that they can sit on their desk. It also gives you the opportunity to write another cover letter with more personal information.
- Following Up Shows Follow-Thru – Two or three days after your resume has been sent, give a quick call to your potential company. Ask to speak with the hiring manager, or head of desired department. When you reach the person who will ultimately hire you, ask them if they have received your email and resume. Keep the call brief, but try to build a small relationship. It will get them to search for your resume, put it back on top of the pile and (if done well) remember your name.
- Ask For More Info – This can be done at various stages during the process of applying for a job, but can help to get feedback from a hiring manager. Simply ask for more information about the job or about the company. If the job description is thorough, then ask the reason why the job is currently available (maybe someone quit, maybe it’s new). Again, the purpose is to get a reply.
- Search Socially – Most professionals are online in one form or another these days. All you have to do is look. Do a few searches on Google, LinkedIn or other networks to see if you can find any information about the company, department or even hiring manager. Any extra info helps. It may also help to mention the name of the company in your own blog/tweets (positively) – they could have alerts that let them know your looking.
One more tip for before you send your resume:
- Dear To Whom It May Fall On – Try to make your first contact personal. Call the company and find out specifically who will be hiring for the position. It may be an HR rep or the head of a department, but make sure you can find out and send your resume directly to them. You want to make the process personal so that you are not just an email.