All this happened while your resume sat, forever lost in the crush of paper and electrons as you waited by the phone. So how do you get past the pile of resumes and in the door? After you send a resume or an introductory letter, always make a follow-up call. Remember, it's the conversation that gets you the interview. Here's how to get on the phone and into the interview process. Consider this scenario: Yours may be one of more than resumes sent in response to a job posting.
Three days later, you make a follow-up phone call to the hiring manager. You are most likely the only candidate with the initiative and drive to do this type of resume follow-up. With a decent presentation, you could win an interview for later that week. Meanwhile, your resume might have stayed buried in a huge stack and never discovered. Don't leave this to chance. This is no time to be bashful about initiating these calls.
Never call human resources or an in-house recruiter. These people have no vested interest in talking with you. In fact, they don't want to talk to you. You'll only foul up their process. If you want to get hired, you need to talk with an actual hiring manager. If that's a midlevel project supervisor or the vice president of engineering, so be it. Find out who this person is before you send your resume anywhere.
In short, your job search is just that: Your job search. Take control and drive the process yourself. Don't play by others' rules, putting your future in the hands of search industry bureaucrats. I was able to speak with her directly, reiterate my enthusiasm for the position, and highlight a few of my skills that made me a fit for the role. I was then invited for an interview and later secured the job. Give the organization a call and ask to speak with the hiring manager.
Be sure to rehearse what you'd like to say on a voicemail as you may be immediately directed to leave a message. As a courtesy, whether you speak with somebody directly or have to leave a voicemail, do not call more than once. If you are able to get somebody on the phone, be sure to be sensitive to the fact that you may be interrupting important work. If you get someone on the phone, use this opportunity to ask a question that will give you better insight into what they are looking for.
A final strategy to help you stand out among the competition is to ask anyone you know with a connection to the hiring organization to put in a good word on your behalf. A few examples of people you may want to ask include a current or former colleague, or board member; someone who has collaborated closely with the organization on a project; or anyone else whose opinion carries weight with the organization. This is an effective strategy to employ at any key decision point in the application process—either after applying or after interviewing.
Speaking from personal experience, this tactic works! He did, and in hindsight, I am certain that his call helped me stand out as a candidate. I was then invited for an in-person interview and eventually secured the job. About the Author Lisa Yee-Litzenberg is a certified career coach and President of Green Career Advisor , helping individuals find their career niche and secure their dream jobs in the environmental and social-impact sectors.
Prior to her current role, Lisa led the environmental career services at the University of Michigan for 10 years and spent 12 years working for the National Wildlife Federation. Find something to do. Grad Schools. Mutual Aid Groups. Shape 2 Created with Sketch. For Organizations. Shape Created with Sketch.
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It depends on how you sent in your application, if you know or can find a contact person, and just how much you actually want the job — is it really worth all the effort you put in? Here are some suggestions that may help when deciding to follow-up on a sent resume. How did you get your resume to the prospective employer in the first place? Did you have a contact person or did you send it in through an online contact form, or did you send it through the company website job page?
If you know someone in the company, you can get help with contacting HR or you can find someone from the company Facebook page and get in touch with them that way. Some recruiters and placement agencies will advise you to submit a resume, and then follow-up with a phone call or email.
It can show ambition and enthusiasm, as well as set you apart from other candidates who do not bother to follow-up. Employers will like that you are eager to get started and are interested in the position. But, it is certainly appropriate to send a letter or an email a week or so after you submit your resume, especially if you have not heard anything from the company.
Who knows, your resume may have fallen through the cracks and a phone call is just the thing that they need to know how interested you are. But, if you have done a follow-up phone call or email after sending a resume, and you have not heard anything for a few weeks, it would be best to conserve your energy and not waste time on something that probably will not happen.
There are other opportunities out there for you, so you just have to go and find them. When you follow-up make sure that you are polite. Polite messages reinforce your strong interest in the job, as well as showcasing your ability to handle important topics.
Every day people get jobs because they stayed the course and fought for what they wanted, maybe today is your day. Before hiring managers see your resume, human resources professionals at companies might screen and narrow down the pool of applicants. You may have to do a bit of research or detective work to determine if you should be calling the HR department or the direct line to the hiring manager.
Call the company's front-desk and then ask the receptionist who is in charge of hiring and can offer updates about your resume submission. If possible, hold off on being transferred to that person, until you have had the opportunity to prepare. Show off your communication skills to selecting officials by using a professional script when calling companies about jobs.
Your goal is to sell your qualifications as much as possible when contacting employers, while not sounding unprepared, pushy or terse. Model your script after the following example: "Good morning! My name is Jane Deer. I eagerly submitted my resume for the supervisor position, as this has been my career experience for the past 10 years.
May I inquire about the time frame for the hiring process, please? Call from a wired, landline telephone, instead of a cell phone, to avoid annoying the hiring manager with static noise. Make sure there is no background noise from family members or a loud television. Stand up during the phone call to open up your lungs, helping you sound alert.
If you are having trouble reaching the hiring manager because she is busy or with other clients, try calling before or after business hours. Alternatively, leave a voicemail message, using your script, and make sure you include your contact telephone number. Damarious Page is a financial transcriptionist specializing in corporate quarterly earnings and financial results.