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“Don’t be too timid and squeamish about your actions.
All life is an experiment.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
This section of this site is dedicated to helping you get your resume in front of the right people.
First, let’s define the term, the right people. The right people are those folks who make the hiring decisions: the decision makers within a company.
Right now, you don’t have a clue who these people are, and they don’t know you exist. That’s okay because you don’t need to know that right now. You’ll discover that later.
Let’s take a closer look at the 19+ proven ways of getting your resume in front of the right people to get the call for job interviews and offers.
1: Use Major Job Sites
Job.com and Craigslist.com: Great resource for local jobs, career advice, and other services to help you manage your career and job.
Executive Search Online: Leading nationwide job matching service for more experienced executives.
Beyond.com: Extensive career network that’s set up as a community of niche sites in various industries.
Snagajob.com: Online tool to help you find hourly jobs. This service provides you with access to part-time and full-time hourly jobs.
GoFreelance.com: Community for freelance professionals and companies looking to hire skilled freelance experts for thousands of freelance and work-at-home jobs in the US and worldwide.
ResumeRabbit.com: Get all the benefits without all the work. Fill out one simple form, and you’re instantly posted on over 80 job boards like CareerBuilder, Job.com, Net-Temps, and Dice. It takes ten minutes to complete and saves 60 hours of research and data entry.
Repost your resume every 30 days because most employers and recruiters will only search resumes that have been posted in the last 30 days.
Use a Job Search Agent:
A Job Search Agent is a specialized search that you can set up on many jobs posting sites. Specify the types of jobs you’re looking for, and the job search agent notifies you by email whenever a new job that meets your criteria is posted. This is an invaluable tool in your job search. Set up a job search agent on all major job posting sites.
2: Use Recruiter Sites
Search the web for recruiters who handle your industry, professional specialty, or function. Ensure they have your updated resume and any specifics concerning restrictions or constraints to your placement. If you are doing an industry or functional change, recruiters will not be of much help. Recruiters are looking for people who have extensive experience (5+ years) in a specific industry or function. No follow up is required here. For example: recruitersonline.com, therecruiternetwork.com, and ziprecruiter.com.
Use Resume Mailman:
If you don’t know any recruiters and would like to have your resume sent to recruiters that specialize in your industry, they will email your resume to targeted recruiters.
3: Use Temporary Employment Sites
Temporary employment/staffing agencies offer several advantages. They can get you inside-the-castle to meet people in companies on your Target List – where you would otherwise not have access. They also get a finder’s fee if you become a permanent hire. Many smart employers find their best permanent employees after trying them as temps. For example: Manpower, Kelly, ADECCO, and yellowpages.com.
4: Use Social Networking Sites
50% of employers admit visiting these sites
before making a final hiring decision.
According to Dan Schawbel, author of Me 2.0, the Top 10 Social Networking Sites for finding jobs are:
LinkedIn.com: Optimize your profile, cultivate your network, join, and participate in groups, use applications, and exchange endorsements. Use a distinct URL like: LinkedIn.com/in/yourfullname and a picture that best represents you. When searching, recognize that those in your network might be able to help you get to the hiring manager.
Plaxo: Create your profile with a section about you, your contact info, and your pulse stream (which is made up of your presence on social media sites like Twitter). You’re even able to share your photo album and send eCards. Plaxo has an address book that keeps track of all your contact info and integrates with Simply Hired, which searches thousands of job sites and aggregates them in a single location. After building your profile, use it for jobs on Simply Hired.
Twitter: Twitter breaks down barriers and lets you talk directly to hiring managers, without having to submit a resume. Even though it’s probably one of the best networking tools, it needs to be linked to a blog or LinkedIn.com profile. You can’t hire someone based on a Twitter profile, without having a link to something that gives more info. You get to add one URL to your profile.
Jobster: Jobster is a powerful platform for networking with employers who are offering jobs, while you’re searching. You can upload your resume, embed your video resume, showcase links to your site, your picture, and tag your skills. You can search for open positions and see who the person is that posted the job. Then you can add them to your network and connect with them to find out more about the position.
Facebook: You’ll be able to see who listed the ad and then message them to show interest. When you find a job opening you’re interested in, message the hiring manager directly. Also, join groups and fan pages to find people with common interests and network with them.
Craigslist: Most positions are for consultants (design/programming help) at small to midsize companies. There are new listings every day, and if you wake up to this site every morning and refresh the page, you have a good chance at getting a job sooner rather than later.
MyWorkster: It focuses on exclusive networks for colleges, allowing students and alumni to connect for exclusive career opportunities. It allows you to create a profile and network with employers. For free, you get a profile, instant messenger built in the site, groups, events, your resume and more. It uses Facebook Connect to get your info.
VisualCV: Instead of a traditional resume, you get your own branded webpage, to add video, audio, images, graphs, charts, work samples, presentations, and references. It lets you stand out by communicating your value in a way that’s not possible with static text. You can display it publicly or privately, email it to a recruiter, save it as a PDF or forward the URL, which will rank high for your name.
Ecademy: You have your online profile, where you can tell people what you do. You can join business networking groups based on your expertise and exchange messages with other members privately. You can also ask for introductions from friends from LinkedIn.com.
JobFox: It tries to pair you with a job that best fits you. Their Mutual Suitability SystemTM enables them to match your wants to those of employers to find the best relationship. The system learns about your skills, experiences, and goals and then presents you with jobs. Then there’s the Jobfox Intro, where both the applicant and company get emails to encourage the connection. Like VisualCV, you get your own branded website, with a personal web address to send to employers.
Note: Social networking will consume a lot of time and should only be done before 9 AM and after 4 PM? From 9 AM to 4 PM, you are either on the phone or face-to-face with people who can help you. Continue to use the other 18+ Proven ways to get your resume in front of the right people to make your phone ring for job interviews and offers.
Remember: Anyone trying to help you needs three things; what you want to do (titles of positions), what companies you’d love to work for (your Target List), and your resume. Everything must be accessible from your opening page.
Caution: Make sure you revisit all social networking sites that you’re already on and remove any objectionable material including anything of a sexual, bad humor, racial, political, or religious nature.
5: Contact People I Know (PIK)
The people you know and the people they know (referrals) provide your best opportunity for finding your next position.
65% of jobs in America are filled through
networking with people you know.
If you’re a business owner, when you need good people, who and where are you going to go to first.
How about family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, colleagues, vendors, and suppliers? Armed with this knowledge, let’s see how this can help you.
Contact everyone on your PIK list.
Make a list of everyone you know. This list will become your contact list because you’re now going to communicate to them (via USPS, LinkedIn.com or Facebook) and ask for their help.
You’re communicating with them because they need to know three things; what you want to do (titles of positions you’re seeking), your Target List of companies you’d love to work for, and a copy of your resume.
If you’re connected with them on LinkedIn.com or Facebook, this information should be accessible to them on the site. If not, just send them a letter USPS (or email). Use whatever works best – just as long as they get the three items listed above. You’re going to ask everyone you know for referrals to people that they know who work in your targeted companies.
Who you know is less important than who they know.
Don’t prejudge anyone!
Excluding someone, just because you think they wouldn’t know anyone important, is a mistake.
For example: In 1996, I lived in Seattle. One of my clients had Microsoft on their Target List. My client’s wife had a brother, John, who worked for a pool cleaning company. One of his clients was the Gates family (CEO of Microsoft at the time) and was on a first name basis with the entire family.
John mentioned that his brother-in-law wanted to work at Microsoft. Long story short, a month later, my client was working there. How powerful is that?
So, get serious and don’t leave anyone out. Pull-Out-All-the-Stops. Get your fear and pride out of your way. Who do you know? Who does your spouse know? Who do your kids know?
Keep contacting everyone that you know and
everyone your family members know.
Sample PIK Letter (Hardcopy-USPS):
I hope all is well with you, Susan, and the kids.
I’m writing this letter to ask for your help. I’m looking for a new position as VP/Director of Human Resources in the Telecom industry here in Kansas City.
If you know of anyone who could use my talents and abilities, please give my resume to that person.
Also, I’ve targeted the following companies that I would love to work for: (add from your Target List).
My goal is to speak with people who work for these companies. My biggest obstacle right now is that I don’t know anyone who works for them. If you, or any of your friends or associates, know of anyone in these target companies that I could speak with, I would appreciate the referral.
I have no intention of asking them for a position, nor do I expect that they would know of any job openings. I only wish to speak with them about how my background and experience relates to their industry within the local area.
Attached is my resume for your review. I’d like to call you in the next few days to follow up on this letter.
Thank you in advance for anything you can do to help in my search.
Note: This letter is for people you’re not yet connected to via Facebook or LinkedIn.com. For those you’re already connected with on the web, just modify the above letter and add it to your communications to them on the web.
6: Send Approach Letters
You’ve already created a Target List of the 10-15 companies you would like to work for (part of your Focus Statement) (or are closest to your home). It’s now time to send Approach (#6), and Advice Letters (#7) to your Target Companies. Approach Letters are sent to the company Leaders (without a referral) and Advice Letters are sent to Target Companies where you have a referral from the people you know – asking for an advice meeting.
In 1995, while living in Kansas and moving to Seattle, I sent an approach letter to 7 target companies in Seattle. A month later, I ended up working for one of them.
An Approach Letter is a letter you mail (USPS) to each company on your Target List. Mail it to the company Leadership, 2 to 3 levels above the position you want.
Sample Approach Letter (no resume attached):
If building long-term, international marketing relationships and increasing your competitive advantage in the marketplace appeals to you, then I can get the job done!
As a dedicated international senior business executive with over 20+ years of progressively responsible management experience within the global sales arena, I have managed high-tech sales, marketing, operations, and product management in all major world market regions (Europe, Middle East, Asia, and Latin America).
Additionally, I have directed overseas product introduction, trade shows, and key account supervision and distributor management. My strengths and achievements include:
List a few strong achievements here as bullet points.
Of course, there is a great deal more to my background. While I am not sure of your staffing needs for the near future, I would appreciate the opportunity to meet with you to discuss how my talents could contribute to meeting your needs.
I will call you soon to arrange a brief office call at a mutually convenient time to discuss how I can add value to your organization. I look forward to meeting you.
7: Send Advice Letters
As you contact your People I Know (PIK) and receive referrals within your Target Companies, send this person (the referral) an Advice Letter requesting an Advice Meeting.
Purpose: To gain information and to be favorably remembered.
An Advice Meeting is a brief 15-minute meeting designed to ask for advice as to how your background and experience relates to their industry. During the meeting, ask relevant questions about their industry, your resume and what’s missing that would make you more competitive in their industry. At the end of the meeting, request a referral to others that could also provide advice. Since they now know who you are and what you can do, the potential exists to be called, if a future need arises.
Sample Advice Letter (with a referral):
Your name was referred to me by a mutual friend; Bill Reynolds. He indicated that you would be the ideal person to speak with to offer some advice as to how I should proceed with my career.
The purpose of my letter is to ask your advice as to how my background and experience relate to your industry.
I have no intention of asking you for a position, nor do I expect that you would know of an opening. My only purpose is to ask for your candid advice as to how my background and experience relates to your industry.
My resume is attached for your review and comment. I will call you next week to set a time for us to meet.
Approach Letters are sent to the company Leaders (without a referral) and Advice Letters are sent to referrals from the people you know – asking for an advice meeting. Both letters are sent to companies on your Target List.
Why do some letters go without a resume?
In most cases, the person you’re sending the letter to is not the person who opens the letter. And, when the letter is opened by someone else, they are often told to either throw letters away that have resumes attached or to send them to Human Resources. My experience is that your letter has a much better chance of being read by the addressee if the resume is not attached. Instead, add your best achievements into the body of your letter.
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