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Applying for a job is stressful, and landing an interview should be your top goal -- right behind actually getting the job. Companies often get dozens, if not hundreds, of resumes for a position. Trying to find the most qualified candidate by only reading a resume can be challenging, and promising candidates are often overlooked. If you don’t get a phone call, or if you are told the employer is not interested in an interview, you still have a few options to turn the situation around. And what should your message be? "Forbes" magazine says you must prove three main things when you apply for a job. If you can convince the hiring manager on followup that you can do the job, that you will love the job and that you can fit in well in the company, then you have a good chance at getting hired, or at least getting an interview.
E-mails tend to be the least effective method of communication in terms of getting someone’s attention. It's easy to ignore an incoming e-mail. So, while an e-mail may not be your best chance, it shouldn’t be overlooked if you can’t reach the human resources representative or hiring manager directly. E-mail should be used in combination with other communication methods. You might write an e-mail to confirm your interest in the position, and you can end the e-mail by indicating that you plan to follow up with a phone call. This will prevent the recipient from being blindsided by an unexpected call.
You might phone the hiring manager in an attempt to change his mind about scheduling an interview. It may be difficult to know exactly who the hiring manager is, but speaking directly with him will be your best chance at getting an interview. It's worth making a few calls to the business to see if you can get in touch. For instance, if you’re applying for a position in marketing, you might ask the receptionist to put you in touch with the head of the marketing department. If you get through, introduce yourself and explain that you’d like to be considered for the job.
Sometimes, your best chance at getting an interview is to know someone at the company. This person can vouch for you and might be able to convince the hiring manager that you are worth speaking with. In fact, a study in 2010 by the Manpower Group found that networking is still the best way to find a job. Invitations to come in for interviews are often made after reviewing a resume or from a basic phone screen by a human resources representative. If your resume didn’t stand out, or if you didn’t do so well on your phone screen, a personal recommendation can give you a chance to get the interview.
You might overlook a handwritten letter in the world of digital communication. But keep in mind that a handwritten letter has a personal touch that is not communicated in an e-mail. In fact, writing a letter can be the most effective method of communication, next to a face-to-face meeting. When you receive a handwritten letter, you know that the letter is personal and unique. An e-mail, on the other hand, can be copied hundreds of times and can lack a personal touch. Write a personal letter to the hiring manager, if you can find his name. Include a brief message expressing your interest and thank him for considering you for the position. Include your phone number, so the manager can reach you easily.
Auston Matta is an experienced engineer who has worked in the packaging industry since 2003. He holds a bachelor's degree in bio-engineering and a master's degree in engineering management. Auston has also contributed to "Pharmaceutical & Medical Packaging News."
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