It seems like every company is telling you to visit their website and apply online. Can you personally hand them your resume? Sure, but itâ€™s best for you to see what opportunities are available and apply online. The truth is an electronic application and resume goes much farther than a paper one. In some cases your paper resume may be sitting in a pile on a recruiterâ€™s/hiring managerâ€™s desk for much longer than it needs to. An electronic application and resume is able to be sent to multiple recruiters/hiring manager in different locations.
Letâ€™s try to get beyond the â€śblack holeâ€ť idea. Here are a few tips for your next application.
Sounds simple right? Youâ€™d be surprised how many people donâ€™t complete the full application process. At times you donâ€™t know how long the position has been posted. Youâ€™re thinking oh Iâ€™ll come back and finish my application tomorrow. Well if the position has been up for 60 days, the company may be getting ready to take it down and review the applications received thus far. An incomplete application will almost automatically be declined. Make sure to follow all instructions when applying including: attach a resume, transcript, and recommendation letters; and answer screening questions.
2. Apply to a position(s).
Again, very simple! Now that your profile is complete, be sure to search for interesting positions and apply to them. Completing a profile does not mean youâ€™ve applied directly to a position. With the overwhelming amounts of candidates in these systems, recruiters donâ€™t have the bandwidth to select your sole profile and choose it for their positions.
3. Find a contact.
After youâ€™ve gone to the website and applied for a position. There are many avenues to let company contacts know youâ€™re interested. Social media can be a great way to find a contact person. Most companies have Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn accounts. Your schoolâ€™s career services center may also be a good resource. They usually have the contact names and email addresses of recruiters theyâ€™ve worked with in the past. When contacting a recruiter, let them know youâ€™ve already been to the website and have applied directly to a position. You can even let them know which position and job number youâ€™re interested in.
Hope this helps! Happy Applying!
Desiree is aÂ University Recruiter at T-Mobile USA. She is currently responsible for developing and implementing effective recruiting and branding strategies related to short and long term needs. She does this by partnering with business line leaders to build relationships and establishing realistic expectations. A big part of being a recruiter at T-Mobile is striving to position T-Mobile as an â€śemployer of choiceâ€ť and facilitate a world class recruiting experience for candidates. Desiree is also responsible for training managers and recruiters on the University and Internship Program. Desiree spends her free time spending time with family and friends, traveling, and volunteering with various groups. She also loves to read and trying anything that is new and fun.