Resume Tip of the Week: Don’t just press “Send”28 Oct , 2011 | 8
Yeah, I said it…”Don’t Just Press Send” is my resume tip of the week! I feel it’s a common mistake we all make when applying for a job.
Before I get deeper into this, let’s take a step back into time. 25 years ago when there was no email, no Internet job postings (and a lot of you college students were not even born yet)…people used to look at newspapers, make phone calls, find job boards, go to career fairs, etc to find a job. It actually took a lot of work just to ‘find’ a job. Nowadays, it’s so easy to search and apply for jobs with the power of the Internet. (Click here to see how I found my aviation meteorologist job)
But here’s where I think people are going wrong…don’t just send your resume and call it a day! For example, let’s say you find this meteorology job that you are qualified for. You feel it is a great fit for your resume and you’ve (more or less) met the qualifications. You find the job posting is close to your home location too. Wow…Score!
Now you get your resume ready for the position and you’re ready to send it out. You decide to apply through an Internet job website like Monster.com. You send your resume or cover letter and you feel like you’re done. Now, the waiting game begins!
Sound familiar? I think this is a costly mistake! Here’s why….
Bottom line, it’s hard to tell how hungry you are from a piece of paper. It’s hard to see your personality. It’s hard to get a sense of your communication skills. Feel me?
Something I really loved from the old days that I feel still rings true today, “Make phone calls”. With a simple phone call, you can probably find out who the hiring manager or recruiter is for the position and build a relationship with them.
In my next follow up post on this topic, I’ll discuss how I “made phone calls” to get ahead of the competition. I’ll also share strategies on how to break through if the post says, “No phone calls, please.” Stay tuned!