Recruiters and HR professionals share the best way job seekers can contact recruiters and hiring managers.
Todd Rogers, Talent Acquisition Specialist – There are too many variables to this to give you a good answer. A mailed resume that arrives on or about the same day as an emailed resume, so the recipient possibly gets them in close proximity of one another. Really though, there isn’t a best way. Perhaps that person should find several companies and pursue all of them. A case of “one-itis” is an expressway to disappointment. Follow @TriMedxjobs
Edwin Trevino, Recruiter - Well, if your mind is made up and you know what you want, then the best way to contact is the RIGHT way.
- See if they have an application process, i.e. online, paper, whatever system they have to hire new employees. If it is not obvious, make a phone call, check out their career website, or visit in person to find out.
- If it is a paper application or online process, do your due diligence, and follow the process “to the tee”.
- Once you are done, follow up with an email or phone call, just verifying that they have received your information, either the day of or day after you finished the application.
- Always ask when they will be conducting interviews.
- Be polite, and proper, but don’t be imposing. Respect their time, and keep in mind – they don’t HAVE to hire anyone.
- If you had a chance to speak with them or have some type of email communication, always thank them for their time, as in “Yes sir or ma’am, thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to check for me, I really appreciate it”….that goes a long way.
- If you don’t hear from them within a week, send a very polite follow-up, but absolutely don’t be a “stalker!”
- Remember that rejection is an absolute normal part of the job hunting process, so don’t think it is the end of the world if you don’t hear from someone. You never know if you are going to get that email or phone call. The last thing you need is to sound like “you don’t have it together” because your bummed about not hearing from your dream job.
- Even if you don’t hear from them, send them something via old reliable….i.e. US mail. A little thank you for consideration just might turn the tide for you and really show someone that you could be that one certain employee they are looking for.
Michael Shao, SPHR, Sr. HR Manager – Concurrently follow any formal application process (online, application form, building a profile on the company website’s career section, etc.) while seeing if someone in your network can give you intel on the company and/or also send in your resume. Prepare for phone screens to face-to-face interviews. Give it your best shot, and if it doesn’t work out now, don’t be afraid to try again later if similar openings pop up – by then you’ll have a lot more info on the company and its processes.
Jerry Miller, Talent Acquisition and Management - If the company has an opportunity of interest to the job seeker then they should follow the company’s designated application procedure. Then use LinkedIn or other sources and try to network into the organization to supplement their application. If the company has no relevant openings then the job seeker should again use LinkedIn to identify possible contacts at the firm, or other sources like Hoover’s, Zoom Info or the company website to identify key players in the job seeker’s field. Then email them your resume directly with a sharp and succinct cover email describing how the job seeker could be of value to the company. Follow @JerryMiller and @ExecCareerSvcs
John Kalusa, HR & Talent Acquisition Director – I’d recommend contacting the recruiter directly if the name is known, indicating that while they are not seeking information about a particular position, they’d like to arrange a brief 5-10 minute conversation to learn about the ____ department.
If they know or can discern from LI who the hiring manager is, I’d recommend looking for a connection through their network, again not to apply for a job or ask for a job but to do some “NetLearning” and learn more about the company, industry, department etc….. Follow @JKalusa