I know each and every person that has ever looked for the next job/career has spent time combing through newspapers (for those of you still old fashioned) or on-line sites for that perfect job description. Searching, reading and knowing that thousands of other people are doing the same thing. Taking extra time working on your cover letter, trying to pick the perfect words to standout from all the others. Knowing in your heart you will land in the middle of a huge pile of resumes that are trying to get in front of that same recruiter who holds your future and happiness in hand.
Always left with ‘What else can I do?’
Here is my suggestion… NETWORK. This is such an under realized and underutilized resource. What better way (or easier way for that matter) than to ask someone who knows you and can help to put your resume on the top of ‘that’ pile. Whether you give them a bullet point version of your experience or your full resume, just make sure you give them enough information and insight about you to talk to your skills and the direction of your career. There is nothing worse than getting a referral that has nothing to do with the company or any of the open positions. So remember, this is not to add work for others, it is to streamline your efforts. So don’t leave anyone guessing about what you are good at. …and for goodness sakes, don’t forget your contact information.
I am telling you this really works. After all, I practice what I preach. How do you think I ended up here at Projectline?