Communications and networking

Our job searches are difficult enough without facing the dreaded “Gatekeepers”. The ever present automated systems, the hundreds of resumes that a human resources manager gets make it difficult to get to the top of the pile.

Susan Adams, of Forbes magazine, has written a recent article that outlines some tips that may help. You may have already used some of them in your job search, but the more tools you bring into the search, the better chance you have.

1. Tap your friends and family network. They may have a connection that may be just the person you are looking for.

2. Use LinkedIn. LinkedIn is the largest source of candidates for recruiters. Get your profile and name out there through LinkedIn and contacts.

3. Drill down into the company website. The more you know about the company and its people, the better chance you have.

4. Use your schools’ alumni networks. Your alumni can not only give you recommendations, but may have contacts for you.

5. Make phone calls. Personal contact may make the difference.

6. Befriend the contact’s assistant. If you can make contact with the hiring manager’s assistant, you may move to the top of the pile.

7. Push outside your comfort zone. Make the extra effort.

8. Get creative. Be innovative with what you do, being careful not to get to creative. No where to draw the line.

9. Know when to give up. Sometimes, you know it’s time to give up and move on.

For further details see Susan Adams’ article in Forbes!

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