Job Search Strategy, Part I: Getting Your Resume Into the Right Hands
Limit the number of recruiters you work with: I know you’re desperate for a job, but it’s easy to get over exposed. You DO NOT want your resume landing on the same desk by multiple recruiters. In tough times, some recruiters get sloppy and, in an act of desperation, blast your resume. If you have less than 15 years of experience, limit yourself to 2-3. Over 15 years, perhaps 4 or 5. In all cases, make sure they are asking you before sending your resume.
Keep a spreadsheet: Date, company, position, mode (recruiter, website, indeed, Linked In), and result. Right now it’s easy to remember where you sent your resume, in 1 week, 1 month, 6 months, it may not be. It is critically important, when we ask, has your resume been presented to ABC company that you can tell us when, where, what so that we can help you.
Apply to a company directly only as a last resort. You will wind up in an HR black hole with everyone who’s qualified and everyone who needs to send out 10 resumes/day to qualify for unemployment. Use a recruiter with a deep relationship, friend or former colleague.
Make sure your recruiter has an established relationship with the company: How long have they been working there? How many people have they placed? Who is their main POC?
About Nicole DelToro: Nicole has been helping organizations (big and small) hire and retain top talent for over 20 years, while helping individuals realize their personal and professional goals by ensuring they’re working in the environment that’s ideal for their current situation. Contact her at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrews & Cole is a woman-owned boutique executive search and consulting firm with a focus on accounting and finance professionals. Clients range from start ups to Fortune 100 in nearly every industry. www.andrewscole.com