Do you ever worry that once you submit your resume online it goes straight to the “resume black hole”? How do you separate your resume from others when you don’t have any ties to the company?
Landing a job without any connections can feel like the ultimate challenge. Here are some tips on how to put yourself ahead of your competition when applying for a job and don’t have any connections at the company.
When considering sending a cold email, ask yourself these questions first…
- Are you actually qualified for the job?
- Is this genuinely the right job for you?
- Have you done your research on the company and the position you would have?
If the answer is Yes to all 3 questions, then your next step is to send a cold email.
- Start with researching on LinkedIn to find the ideal company contacts. Whether it is a person in the group you would be working in, someone from the recruiting team or your potential boss, get their first and last name.
- Next, research the naming format of the company email addresses to figure out your contact’s email address. Look on the company website for any personal and support email addresses and how they are combined with the company name. Then, put together the combination with your contact’s name. For example the email address could be:janesmith@XYZcompany.com, jsmith@XYZcompany.com,jane@XYZcompany.com or jane.smith@XYZcompany.com.
- Now for the email... Create a personal and tailored version of your cover letter. Find a way to relate to the person you are sending the email to. Feel free to reference an article or blog post they wrote or a project they worked on. The most important thing is be respectful and not entitled. They don’t owe you anything.
With every cold email you send, you are attempting to differentiate yourself from everyone else and some responses are expected. This tactic is not a guarantee that your application will be seen, but it’s a great way to get a leg up on your competition and increase your chances.
For more ways on how to stand out from your competition, contact Career Find.