Distribute Your Resume, Part 1
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What is the importance of distributing your resume
You’ve taken the time to prepare and now you are ready to apply for your job, internship, opportunity. You’ve completed the resume writing process. What now? Once you are done writing a resume, the only next step is to get it to the people who have the opportunity you want. Here are some means of distributing your resume and some things to keep in mind along the way!
Manual Resume Distribution
The first idea that comes to mind when we talk about resume distribution is to simply take the resume and put it in the hands of the authority at the place that you desire to work at. While this is not a bad idea in itself, there are some advantages and disadvantages to taking this approach.
§ Gives the employer a chance to connect a face to the resume
In some circumstances, having a chance to speak to the individual that has the authority to make your interview or hiring decision can work out in your favor. Some individual preference and company cultures afford the opportunity for such interactions and allow it to work out in your favor in a major way.
Make sure that if you choose to attempt this approach that you are dressed for the occasion. If you are thinking about presenting your resume to someone in a corporate office setting, you will do more harm than good by going into the office dressed in sweatpants and or a hoodie. Wearing a full suit to take your resume to a firm where the employees come to work in t-shirts and flip flops is not a good idea either.
§ Personal approach
Manually delivering your resume to the location where you are seeking an opportunity can be a chance for you to subtly express your personality and some of the traits that may make you the best fit for the position. Even if you do not get the chance to speak to the manager directly, the associates that you interact with may notice traits that they like and speak kindly of you to the manager.
As the saying goes, put your best foot forward, and make a good impression because sometimes you don’t get a second one. Before you take your resume to any establishment, you should do your homework on the organization and have some understanding of their culture and products or services. If there is an opportunity for you to relate to their mission or values, remember that and be ready to answer in the event that you are asked any questions.
§ Chance to start a conversation with the manager or hiring authority
Sometimes, job interviews can be very informal. For example, some people have gotten the job that they currently have or had in the past based on their persistence in presenting their resume to the organization that they were interested in. That persistence combined with good manners, professionalism and an answer to why they wanted to work there helped the hiring manager to have an idea of the outcome before the formal interview.
The point is to be ready. Manually delivering a resume to a potential employer can work out for your good if you are prepared, have done your homework and know that this sort of approach is appropriate given the company’s culture.
§ May not be able to speak directly to the manager or hiring authority
One of the downsides to delivering the resume directly to the place of business is that the person with the authority to effectively respond to your presentation may not actually be available to speak with you.
Assuming that the company is accepting of paper resumes delivered directly to the place of business, one way to mitigate this hassle is to contact the office before attempting to go there. This is also a good strategy to handle like situations in the future. Before arriving at the place of business, make sure that they don’t prefer it be submitted online and make sure that the relevant person is present and available to speak once you arrive.
§ May not be the best time
Understand that what seems like a good time to you may not be a good time for them. Just because the waiting area of an office is not filled does not mean that it is okay to assume that the office associates are not busy. For instance, in some professions, there is a designated busy season of the year.
Make sure you take these business cycles into account when choosing a date and time to deliver your resume to your establishment of interest.
§ May not be company culture
As mentioned above, you will definitely want to make sure that your anticipated actions are not a sharp contradiction to the organization’s culture. You can find hints to whether or not it is by searching the company website. Look for specific instructions for applying for a position.
Of course if there is any language like “will not be accepted” or “to be considered for this position,” take these phrases very seriously. In many cases, not following application instructions precisely will land your resume in the refuse pile as quickly as it changed hands. Be certain that you have taken your time in writing a resume. Even minor mistakes may be covered in such instructions.
Resume Distribution through Job Fairs
Job fairs are an excellent way to get your resume out to a number of people at the same time. Job fairs typically involve a host of employers and services that set up a means of presenting their brand to potential candidates. Within the time of a few hours, a job fair can allow you to get your resume in front of way more recruiters and employers than delivering resumes one by one. If you are looking for a way to see many employers and a way to be seen by many employers quickly, a job fair is the way to go. Be advised however, that this is not the medium for receiving resume writing advice. This is the chance to showcase your qualifications.
To prepare for a job fair, make sure that you dress the part, practice your answers to a few predictable interview questions and have copies of your resume or business card if applicable.
Using Headhunters and Recruiters
Let’s start by defining and making the distinction between a headhunter and recruiter. A headhunter is something like a third party recruiter. In other words, they work to fill a job for their client who is the person or organization that will be providing the job itself. It is not unlikely that if you speak to a headhunter, you will not be given complete details about the positions itself. These types of services may be helpful in finding the job or opportunity that you are looking for. However, you should do your homework and not be afraid to ask questions if you have them.
A recruiter is more likely to be an in house employee or hold a similar title. This means that the recruiter is a part of the organization that you are trying to become a part of, not just an agent hired to fill a particular position. If a position becomes available within an organization, the recruiter works closely with the managers to determine the best candidate. The recruiter should not be confused with the hiring manager, the individual who makes the final decision.
In pursuing your goal, be aware of the company structure; who each of these individuals are and how they fit within that structure. It may not work out in your favor if you accidentally contact the wrong person; accidentally bypass the person that you should be communicating with to their supervisor or make a resume writing error in using other professionals as a reference. In the event that you do get into an interview with any of these people, be sure to be prepared. If appropriate, have copies of your resume and ask for their business card to follow up.