(Closed) How the heck do I get an interview/get my resume&CL looked at?

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

Sounds like you’re on a good track.  I don’t work in HR, but one thing I know is that with many corporations nowadays, a computer scans all the applications prior to a real person even looking at them.  You should always make sure that your resume and cover letter mirror the exact words printed in the advertisement, so that when they direct the computer to scan for those words your get enough hits to be actually read.

 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

1.    Be proactive: Don’t just send your resume through Monster/Career Builder/Company Site and hope for the best. Trust me, you will end up in the black-hole of resume submittals and will be lucky to even get a call, much less an interview. You need to do some research on LinkedIn and get connected with the hiring managers…not just HR. If you’re good on the phone, make some proactive calls to these folks—you’ll make their lives easier. Hiring is HARD and when talent comes to them, it’s a good thing.

2.    Relocation: Put your SO’s address on your resume. Don’t explain ANYTHING about needing to relo or anything in your cover letter and/or resume. Many people involved in the hiring process won’t even call if they see an address that’s not local. You can discuss your situation over the phone once they’ve offered you an interview. BTW—Skype is a great tool to get the ball rolling.

3.    Use a recruiter: Let him/her do the work for you!

4.    Don’t be discouraged: The national unemployment rates are a bit deceiving. The unemployment rate for college-degreed workers over 25 is less than 4%…that’s basically full employment. Plus, your specific industry might even be less.

 

Good luck to you!

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

jocember Don’t be afraid to write “unconventional” cover letters and let your personality shine through. When I started doing that was when I finally started getting interviews.

Obviously, still keep things professional and keep your spelling and grammar impeccable. But be interesting in your cover letter and don’t just rehash your resume.

And less is more with cover letters (unless the job advertisment specifically requests a longer one). A few paragraphs in the body of your email is perfect-hiring managers get so many applications that they aren’t going to want to read something much longer than that.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@MissCalifornia:  Ok great. I’m a recruiter for TCG. We place copywriters/editors. I’m in Atlanta, and only work in this market, so unfortunately I can’t help you, but you should find the location near your SO’s house and reach out to them directly. Just give them a call.

http://www.creativegroup.com/

I’m sure there are other creative staffing firms in CA, but I’m not familiar with them/the market out there, and of course I’m partial ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

apply apply apply over and over. i applied to the company im at now, for a year and a half and i finally got chosen for an interview. (the company is in the top 100 best companies to work for 6 years running now, and is a fortune 500 company) and i got a technical role in my degree field. it just takes a long time.

for those just graduating:

heres a particular cruelty that i found: alot of companies do not hire in the summer. they hire in the fall. so if u just graduated at the end of spring semester or even fall sememster, its likely that ur spring and summer of highest motivation, highest zest and highest self esteem will be met with nothing but the dreaded silence after u apply. this will make u feel totally worthless! but dont feel that way! it has NOTHING to do with u!! be persistant!!! it pays off and just dont expect that fabulous job to come tomorrow! its ok if it takes a while! i think it is more the norm for it to take a while anyway!

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I personally would include in your cover letter that you are relocating. If not, they might wonder why you have this experience in NY but now have a CA address. Explain that you are moving, and at the end of the cover letter I would say something like “I will be in the area March XX – XX and would love the opportunity to discuss this position with you.”

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@MissCalifornia:  they may just not be the best at getting their jobs posted on the site…it happens ๐Ÿ™‚

Best of luck!

Post # 15
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

If you figure it out, let me know. ๐Ÿ™

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