Getting Your Resume In The Right Hands.
Understanding what happens when resumes are submitted is key to making sure yours gets into the right hands, and to knowing what to do once it does. Here are a few points about how to best address the job application & follow up process.
Make sure your resume is ATS ready.
Almost every resume submitted online goes through an Applicant Tracking System (ATS), a software program designed to scan and store your resume before it gets to the recruiter or hiring manager. It’s up to the ATS to decide if you’re a good fit for the online job post, so make sure your resume matches the qualifications as listed in the job post.
Work your network.
Check in with your contacts before you apply. Do you have a connection that might be able to tell you who the recruiter or hiring manager is? Then you could personalize the cover letter. If your contact submits it for you that could really give you an edge as a referral.
Let them know you’ll be in touch.
When you’re writing your cover letter, be sure to let the recruiter know that you plan to call or email within 5 business days to follow up on the position. If the posting contains a “close date,” be sure to wait until a few days after that date, giving the company time to sort through applications and start making their interview list.
Have a productive day.