Looking for jobs can be time consuming and stressful, especially when you do not make it to the interview stage; however, trying this one tip could help you to get noticed for all the right reasons.
The Jobvite Recruiter Nation Report 2016 revealed that managers prefer to hire people they know or who have been recommended, so why take the long route when you can apply direct to the hiring manager?
The first step is to think of anyone you know within the company, or even in the industry. If a manager receives a referral from an existing employee or contact, they are more likely to trust their judgement, which then puts you on their radar. If the company offers referral bonuses, it becomes a win-win situation for both you and your friend.
If you do not know anyone who can put you in touch, you can try to contact the manager directly. The best place to start is the company’s website, which will often include employee profiles. You might find all the information you need to contact the manager; alternatively, as long as you get a name, you can still search for them on LinkedIn.
Apps such as Hunter or VoilaNorbert can help to find further contact details, such as a direct email address. Hunter will automatically create an email address based on the manager’s LinkedIn profile, while VoilaNorbert will find up to 50 company emails without costing you a penny.
Once you have the manager’s contact details, it is important to think about the tone of your email. You can convey your respect and admiration for the company and explain why you would like to work there; even better, you can refer to the company’s previous work or even offer a solution to an issue it may have. It is important to remember that your email should be short – around 300 words – to ensure the manager does not feel pestered.
Even engaging with the manager through blogs or a professional Twitter account can help to get you noticed. If they do not have their own Twitter profile, it is always helpful to engage with the company account to show your interest. Even if you have to go through the usual recruitment process, you may find that your name is familiar due to this engagement.
By this point, you have hopefully impressed the company enough to be asked for your CV. Keep the email professional, but remember to try to sell yourself; instead of a basic email advising that your CV is attached, highlight what you can bring to the company and your knowledge of what it does. Remember to always address it to the hiring manager and ensure the tone is in keeping with the company’s values.
Following up your application is also important. You can start by using free sales tools such as Mixmax or Yesware, which allow you to see when your message has been read.
Overall, you need to remember that the more personalised the application, the better chance you have of getting noticed. Thankfully, social media has made it much easier to show your enthusiasm in a job without getting lost in a mountain of applications.
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