As you might imagine, many things are frustrating to job seekers.
And generally, I find the frustrations come from the way they are doing things.
There is an old saying, if you don’t like the results you are getting with the way you are doing things, change the way you do things.
While, that is easier said than done, its possible.
I recommend slow, small, and consistent change.
You can remove many of the frustrations, if you change the way you are doing things.
“I submit my resume for a posted job and never hear back from employers.”
Here are three ways to make sure your resume is received and read.
1) Call the employer before and after applying.
Obviously, you can’t do this if you’re using “Click and Apply” techniques to send resumes out by the dozens each week, By picking and choosing carefully which employers you apply to you can follow up on each one of them. Smaller employers are more likely you are to connect with the hiring authority when you follow up by phone.
2) Hand-deliver your resume.
This method is the best.
You can get interviewed and hired after hand-delivering when hand delivering your resumes and do the following:
- Dress professionally;
- Request to personally give your resume to the hiring manager, if refused, politely schedule a meeting at a later date;
- At the least, leave a copy of their resume with the receptionist and have a chat with the receptionist so that they remember you; I find a compliment does wonders.
- Call or visit again until you get a meeting.
- When you visit a company to drop off your resume, be ready to interview on the spot, in the lobby — it has happened!
3) Mail your resume.
Nowhere is it written that you cannot mail a resume after submitting it online. With a little some work on the employer’s web site and/or Google, you can find the name of your potential boss and their mailing address.
Still unsure of who to contact? Call the employer and ask!
“I’m over-qualified for most positions I apply for.”
The problem about being over qualified is that employers may fear your getting bored in a role dealing with budgets in the thousands of dollars, if you’ve worked with millions of dollars before.
Or they the employer may fret that you’ll leave as soon as a better job turns up.
To allay those fears, use your cover letter to highlight your record of long-term employment, alternatively offer to sign an agreement outlining a minimum stay in a new job.
Understand that “over-qualified” can mean “too expensive” for some employers, who fear being able to match your salary demands.
Explain in your resume and cover letter that someone with your experience can save or earn significant amounts of money. Then, prove it with specific dollars and figures. Ideally, you will show employers that hiring you is like buying money at a discount — you can earn or save multiples of every dollar you get paid in salary.
“Recruiters and headhunters don’t call me back.”
Lower your expectations. Unless you already have a solid relationship with one, now is not the best time to expect callbacks from recruiters. They are struggling too.
The best way to establish a good relationship with a recruiter is to make it clear to them that you understand their goal is to place the absolute best candidate. Help them understand why you are the best candidate and you will help them close the sale.
There reasons are many in this recession, according to Mark J. Haluska, Founder & Executive Director, Real Time NetWork (www.rtnetwork.net).
“Most recruiters have a glut of candidates and they’re besieged with unsolicited resumes to fill a dwindling number of assignments. So, before a recruiter ever thinks of calling you, they comb through their database of candidates, looking for someone they know is a proven winner,” says Haluska.
Should you follow up with a recruiter, to make sure they got your resume?
“You could make a call every couple weeks, if only to leave a voicemail. That should eventually result in contact with the recruiter.” But, be on your best behavior and avoid letting any frustration show; otherwise, “your resume will end up in the shredder,” says Haluska.
“I have no time for networking.”
You have time for eating and sleeping. Why? Because they are necessary for survival.
Without a job, you will have no food to eat or roof to sleep under.
So make time to network. Even if you have to eat or sleep less for a few weeks … or watch less TV or relax less on weekends. You can always catch up on that later.
This article is just a small sample of how you can do to take control of your Job hunt and make it effective. I work closely with the two experts in the field, Kevin Donlin and David Perry, co-creators of the Guerrilla Job Search System.
Job hunters who use “Click and Apply” wonder why they are not getting interviews and ultimately taking far too long to get a job. I hope you are not using “Click and Apply” as your major tactic. You have many more strategies and tactics to make an effective job hunt.
The system works, because it helps you do what you do best. Kevin and David have been interviewed by Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Fortune magazine, and the Christian Science Monitor about their method to finding a job.
If you want to know why I think the Guerrilla Job Search System is so effective for job hunters read my review of it here.