Dear Job Doctor,
What is the best way to get my CV in front of the right person?
If you are fortunate, the job advertisement may provide the person who is the direct hiring manager as the recipient of your profile, the ‘right person’, and therefore send your details directly. However, it’s usually the human resources contact person who will be the most accessible and accepted point of contact. HR is utilised for their expertise in the selection process and also for their ability and capacity to respond effectively to those who do not meet the selection criteria, which saves a great deal of time for the hiring manager(s).
With access to detailed company websites and social networking websites it is not too difficult to identify the hiring manager, along with their direct contact details. Send a ‘ccd’ copy of your email/letter keeping HR in the application loop.
If you do not receive a response and unless there is a specific application timeframe, I recommend following up your application with a phone call within 72 hours and another email within two weeks.
I commented in a previous column about the importance of considering who you know within an organisation, someone who could present your details on your behalf, an internal referral. Today it’s common to receive hundreds of applications for each role and a direct internal referral is likely to have more consideration and get your profile in front of the “right person” quickly and effectively.
If you have engaged a recruitment firm to search on your behalf, ask them for advice, some are very well connected and are likely to know the right person.
Bear in mind: if HR is provided as the contact person, then be respectful of the company’s chosen application process; always ensure your profile does match the needs to the company if you choose to pursue any alternative method otherwise you will waste your time and the employers time; remain polite and courteous with every interaction to ensure your CV gains “positive” attention; and professional persistence should not be mistaken for over-eagerness or pestering!
Darren Robinson is managing director of Badenoch & Clark Luxembourg, the largest staffing and recruitment firm in the Grand Duchy.
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