Jun 15th, 2009 by Chief Executive Restaurant Recruiter
Have you sent dozens of resumes without a callback?How about 100 or 200 resumes?Have you applied to dozens of jobs without getting an interview or even a callback? Don’t worry, you’re not alone.A lot of job submissions, a lot of resumes all with no jobs and not even interviews or phone calls. Let’s learn how to use a little self promotion to get your next job.
Sometimes you apply to that perfect job. A job that you saw online or on the newspaper and seems perfect for you and you perfect for it. You have the desire, the expertise and the experience.You are really prepared. You tailor your resume for each job position and you change your letter of introduction to match the job opening.You send your resume applying to a great job and you are one hundred percent sure you will get the job.You now expect a call back and you never get it. Nothing! No calls, no emails, just nothing.
What is wrong?Have you ever asked yourself why don’t people call you back? Is it you or is it them?It is not you.When I was hiring for several positions I remember getting not just 10 or 20 resumes but 100 or more of them.You need a lot of time just to read all resumes.Hiring managers get hundreds of resumes and they don’t have the time to call back or contact every single person.
How do hiring managers go through resumes? Most likely they make 3 piles. In one pile you will have the trash resumes, in the other one you will see the plan B resumes and in the third pile you have the resumes of people who will get a phone interview.Why is this so significant to you? It is because human resource departments can take a few seconds to decide if you make the cut.Human Resource departments might take 5 to 10 seconds to look at your resume and determine if you go to the A, B, or C pile of resumes.
You have to write your resume thinking that your first sale is to make it to the “Call back” pile, not to actually get the job. After you make it to the “Call back” pile you have to sell an interview.It is when you interview where you are at the final stages of self promotion and you try to get the job. This is how you will start your self promotion strategy!
You also have to play the numbers game.Don’t even imagine that by sending one resume you’ll get one call back with a great job opportunity.Or to send ten resumes and get all calls back.The steps are easy, first your apply for a job and send your resume, after this you have to call in and check on your resume and try to get a face to face with the decision maker.
What are the steps to a good job hire?
-Call job placement agencies in your city
-Search the newspaper in your city
-Go to LinkedIn.com and get a free membership
Jorge Olson is the author of “The Unselfish Guide to Self Promotion” a new book that will teach you self promotion to get your dream job, a promotion and a raise.
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