One of the biggest frustrations for job seekers is the resume black hole. You spend hours polishing your resume and cover letter and you send it off, only to wonder who – if anyone – will actually read it. If you want to make sure that your documents get in front of the right eyes, you have to be prepared to do some research and some legwork.
Don’t Rely On The Job Posting
Job postings often have you send your resume through the company’s automated system or even to a generic email address like firstname.lastname@example.org. You want to take the time to try and pin down who the hiring manager actually is so you can be sure it will be seen. Often times, a simple phone call to the company receptionist and just asking who the hiring manager is will get you the name you need. If not, try:
- Contacts you may have at the company
- Other social media profiles
- The company website
- Company press releases or local business journal articles
Try your best to locate their email address, as well. If you can’t, search addresses for other members of the company and follow that format using the hiring manager’s name. For example, if Jane Doe is the hiring manager and all the addresses you find are formatted email@example.com, Jane Doe’s email is likely firstname.lastname@example.org.
Customize Your Cover Letter
Once you’ve found the right name and his or her email address, your work isn’t quite done. You will need to sit down and craft a customized cover letter for your application. Cover letters are important – but they are tricky. They must be brief and to the point, but they must make the hiring manager want to learn more about who you are as a professional. Always make sure to state the name of the position you’re applying for and include a unique selling proposition about yourself.
Include a polite closing and the best way to contact you. If you’re sending the resume and cover letter via email, include your introduction in the body of the email, as some hiring managers won’t open unsolicited attachments.
Work With Someone On the Inside
It’s entirely possible that you could spend hours researching a company and still not manage to get your resume in front of a decision maker. However, there is an easy way to ensure that your resume always gets to the right person. When you work with a professional recruiter, they are in direct contact with the decision maker, and they spend time talking you up to that hiring manager before your interview.
Are you looking for a new job?
If you are ready to stop spinning your wheels in your job search, reach out to the recruiters at TRC Professional Solutions today. Our team can help you identify new opportunities in accounting, finance, IT, engineering or marketing that align with your goals.