Martin Yate, a career practitioner colleague, has asked me to read and review his newest Knock 'em Dead book, "Secrets & Strategies for Success in an Uncertain World." I am eagerly awaiting its delivery!
In the meantime, he has emailed a few ideas from the book, on how to increase your chances of landing an interview. It's curious that although ideas abound, and none are revolutionary, most job hunters simply ignore these ideas. Not sure why that is so; perhaps they just don't believe that something as simple as taking the time to uncover the hiring manager's name and customizing a cover letter, can actually have an impact? Here are Martin's easy to do, seldom attempted ideas:
- email your resume and cover directly to the hiring manager, personalized with a cover letter.
- send these documents by traditional, or snail-mail.
- make a follow-up call to that manager first thing in the morning or around 5:00 pm, when you will be most likely to reach him or her.
Simple? You bet. Effective? Why not give it a try, and then let me know whether you quadrupled your chances!