Why Communicating Through E-mail Is An Ineffective Job Search Strategy
Are you using an ineffective job search strategy? As an agency recruiter and career coach, I speak to 30-50 job seekers a week on average. Inevitably, one of my first questions is: "What have you done thus far for your job search?" The typical response includes:
- I have posted my resume on various career sites.
- I have set up job alerts on The Ladders, Indeed.com, and so on, and periodically check target company sites for new job postings.
- I apply to job posts that I find online through the job post links.
- I e-mail people in my "network" to see if they have any job leads.
- I periodically e-mail agency recruiters to let them know I am still looking.
Be FriendlyWhen you call or meet with people, make it friendly and social. Yes, you would like their assistance, but one-sided conversations never have much success. Make sure your energy is positive and the talk is not solely focused on you.
Be RespectfulBe respectful of people's time. Most people don't have an hour to "chit-chat," but most can spare 10 minutes to “catch up.”
Be PositiveMake the conversation pleasant and positive. Your job search may be difficult and frustrating, but people are more receptive if you’re upbeat and optimistic. Listening to someone complain for any length of time is never fun.
Make Sure You're A FitIf you are going to ask others to forward your resume to their HR departments, make sure you are a strong fit for the role and that you have tweaked your resume so it "bleeds" the job description. When you forward your customized resume, make sure you include the job description (including the job number) and a few bullets that recap your relevant experience. Sometimes we need to shake things up in our quest for the next great opportunity. Focusing on more personal modes of communication adds a human element to your search process and can lead to a more positive attitude toward your job search as a whole. Conversations also give you more opportunities to showcase your “value proposition” to potential employers and may lead, directly or through referrals, to the interviews you seek. Author: Elisa Sheftic Enjoy this article? You've got time for another! Check out these related articles:
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