As an HR professional, I will share the steps I took to land new jobs in 10 weeks or less twice in the last year. The following steps helped me receive multiple daily telephone screens and weekly face-to-face interviews.
1. Resume Review
Find friends and colleagues who hire people look at your resume. This will help ensure that your resume is projecting the right message to hiring manager. If you need help creating your resume, contact your local unemployment office or nonprofit groups that help job seekers.
Call or send a personal email to everyone you know explicitly asking for their assistance in your the job search. Former work colleagues, service providers, and customers are a good place to start. Attend job clubs or job networking groups for job seekers.
3. Connect with Recruiters on LinkedIn
Recruiters are connected with other recruiters so connect with them. At the end of every interview, always ask to connect on LinkedIn. Send the LinkedIn invitation while you are still on the telephone and ask the recruiter to accept your invitation.
Follow up with a message through LinkedIn email thanking the recruiter for accepting your invitation with some details of the conversation. When the person contacts you again, you can search your LinkedIn email to recall your past conversation.
4. Hand Delivered Resume
Since you are now well networked, use LinkedIn to find someone in the organization to carry your resume to the hiring manager or recruiter. Ask the contact to walk the resume to the hiring authority and give a short 15 second pitch.
“This is the resume of a contact, and he is interested in the project manager position we have open. He has been a software development project manager for 5 years and is very interested in working here.”
If the hiring authority has 30 qualified applicants, you have just jumped to the front of the line and will be more memorable.
5. Email the Hiring Manager
How can this be done? If you are applying to a marketing manager position at Acme Inc., go to LinkedIn and search on “Marketing” under the job title and “Acme Inc.” as the company. You will likely find a Marketing Director or Marketing VP. Contact that person directly and express your interest in the position. Be ready to explain what value you can bring to the company.
6. Job Boards
Repost your resume once a week. Recruiters can see when you last posted your resume and will look at recent candidates first because they know those candidates are actively searching.
7. Professional Development
Take this time to attend the seminars you were always too busy to attend while working. Set aside time to catch up on reading in your profession. Recruiters will often ask what you are doing to stay current in your profession during your time searching for a job.
8. Job Leads
I have seen people not share leads because they fear competition. Your competition will likely hear about the same jobs as you do shortly anyway. If your competition gets the interview first, you can talk to that person and gain insight about the company that may help you eventually land the job.
9. Thank You Notes
One technique I use is to stamp and address an envelope to the interviewer before the interview. Shortly after the interview, I write the thank you note and drop it in the mail. Email thank you notes are common, but hand written notes will make you stand out.
10. Stay Positive.
Avoid thinking that you didn’t get the job because of your age, weight, ethnicity, gender, or education. Even if it is true, dwelling on the negative will only hurt you. If you are really upset, vent to a friend and then move on.