How to make sure your job application is seen by the decision makers

How to make sure your job application is seen by the decision makers

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Today’s video is just a quick video, other
than having a really well written resume, one of the things that I think is really important
is to have a bit of an understanding of the recruitment process. I think particularly
at the moment because the market is a little bit more competitive than what it has been
previously we just need to get a little bit smarter about how we actually go about applying
for jobs. The days were you can a resume forward and someone will give you a call back unfortunately
it’s not the case anymore. Here’s a couple of quick tips, things that I recommend that
you do to make sure that your resume is getting in front of the actually decision makers as
opposed to what happens quite often where it get’s caught up in an applicants tracking
system with a lot of companies. One of the best tips that I can offer you
for ensuring that your application gets in front of the right person is using LinkedIn
to find out who that person is. Let’s just say for example that you’re an accountant
and you’re in Business Services and you’re going for a particular role with a company
like Deloitte say, use LInkedIn to find out who the Partner might be that’s in charge
of Business Services at Deloitte and send them through an email via LInkedIn. Sure you’ve
already applied online but that’s just going to go in the bundle with all of the others
so, you’ve covered that base and applied online but what i’m saying to you is that you should
also send them a separate email just saying “hey just wanted to get in touch, i’ve seen
that you guys are advertising for a role and here’s my resume.” Another tip I can offer you is really simple
but it’s also the most effective and that’s using your own personal network to make sure
that your resume gets in front of those decision makers. So take a minute just to think, do
you have an ex colleagues, do you know any people that you studies with from university
or a friend or a friend of a friend that works at the company that you’re going to apply
for because I absolutely guarantee that there’s nothing more powerful than an individual internally
walking up to the decision maker of that role and saying here’s the resume of someone that
I know and trust. Ok maybe they can’t actually physically walk into their office but they
send through an email internally that way you’re absolutely guaranteed that your resume
gets in front of the right person. One of the real simple things that I recommend,
if you’re applying via an online job board whether it’s SEEK or MyCareer or one of the
others just scroll to the bottom of the add 8 times out of ten there’s a persons name
there and that’s the individual that’s actually recruiting for the role just pick up the telephone
and have a fairly casual conversation with them it might be a couple of questions about
the company or the role and it’s not actually the information that you glean from that conversation,
it’s more that you’re including that human element to the process so that you’ve had
that conversation and that they know who you are. Then what I recommend doing is just following
up with an email saying thanks very much for the conversation earlier here’s my resume
and that way you’re at the front of their mind when it comes to going through all of
the different applications.

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