“I Have Applied to an Organization, but How Can I Get an Interview?”


Q: I Have Applied to an Organization, but How Can I Get an Interview?

–Signed, Gregory

It can be frustrating to apply, apply, apply without the response that we are hoping for when looking for our next Career Opportunity.

I would recommend using tools within LinkedIn to ‘look up’ the likely hiring manager for the position that you seek (not just the HR representative). Once you have identified the likely decision-maker, it’s pretty simple to figure out their email address from looking at clues (on the formatting used) with just a quick search of the company’s website.

Then, reach out to them directly. Tell them why you are so excited about their company specifically (and it cannot be simple that you need a job), and then connect that interest in them to the unique skills and experience that you could bring by joining their team.

Outreach with the proper value will get much more of a response than just clicking-and-sending by hitting that ‘submit’ button.

Remember, too, that there are many many competitors out there, so be sure your RESUME and your LINKEDIN PROFILE are working to fully sell your value properly.

It’s frustrating not to get the response that we would like during our Job Search, but proactive action to reach the decision-maker is the best way to reduce your chances of getting ruled out –before the hiring manager actually sees your resume.

John Crant

Author, Career Coach & Speaker

on Job Search & Career Management

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