A colleague of mine is hiring for a new sales position. He received 52 resumes. And not one person followed up with him! This is shocking to me. I asked him what he’ll do with the resumes. He told me he’s not going to look through them at all. He responded “why would I make the effort to call them, when they haven’t made the effort to follow-up with me. It’s just basic job-hunting stuff.”
Yes, it is basic, but most people don’t put in enough effort, time and dedication to get the job they want.
Don’t follow up and you’re guaranteed not to get the job.
During tougher economic times, finding a job can be more difficult, so be creative, and think outside-the-box. Employers appreciate this.
If the perfect job doesn’t quite exist for you, then create it. Tweet the company, executive or HR manager and tell them your great idea and how you’re a perfect fit for the job.
Stop waiting for the perfect job to land in your lap….it won’t. You need to hustle!
After you’ve applied for a job posting, consider the following:
- Drop by in person to the company (if possible) and speak to the HR manager, the manager in charge or someone higher up. Don’t just speak to the administrative assistants. Make sure someone who makes the bigger decisions meets you.
- Send an email and ask for the sale. Ask when interviews are taking place.
- Call the manager on the phone and ask personally when your interview is scheduled.
- Use Twitter or Facebook. Almost all companies have Twitter now, so send a cleaver tweet out to the company and ask for an interview.
- Reach out to your contacts. Contact everyone you know on LinkedIn and FB, and find out if one of your contacts knows someone in the company. Do a little bit of Kevin-Spacey-6-degrees-of-separation-thing. Who do you need to meet to get you the next person who will introduce you to the HR manager, who will put your resume on the top of the pile?
- Perfect your elevator pitch and “accidentally” run into the hiring person. Always have your elevator pitch ready. Know what your value is to the company and why others should be interested in you or hire you. Practice your elevator pitch so that when an opportunity arises, you’ll maximize the moment, instead of squandering it.
Don’t ever think that minimal amounts of effort will get you success. If you put in just the bare minimum, just the average amount of work,–then average, common and ordinary is what you’ll get.