Recently I responded to a post on LinkedIn that caused me to write this thought-starter. We all know how important it is to have a great resume but how many of us think about what tactics we should be using in our search?
It is very important to get it right in order to avoid a long search. If you don’t your search may languish. You might feel it would be more productive to watch grass grow.
My bottom line is this: It's true, "everything works, nothing works", but let me suggest that the following are the best search tactics, prioritized by success rate (my opinion):
#1 - Being referred to a hiring manager by a current employee and/or warm- or cold-calling the hiring manager BEFORE applying are the most successful approaches. Emailing before making live contact will work as well but be aware we all have “delete” buttons. And remember, leaving voice mail is not a good idea because many, if not most, people will delete any voice mail from someone they do not know. Repetitive voice mail is considered obnoxious by most people.
#2 - Networking is critically important for generating the leads to “#1” and for the future. It is very important to maintain contact with your network for many reasons not the least of which is future uncertainty.
#3 – Utilizing external (3rd party) recruiters can be helpful IF one gets connected with a good, truly professional recruiter.
#4 – Broadcasting your resume is valid for some individuals, but can have negative results when one is also using external recruiters.
#5 – Pounding the job boards and company websites and immediately applying blindly is the fastest way to the “bottomless pit”. It is probably the worst approach followed closely only by responding to newspaper ads in today’s world. Use the job boards for doing research and follow up with the first two approaches above instead of immediately applying.
Get more help on the details of search tactics by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting http://www.hoochresumes.com. And leave a comment if you like this post.