With the technology involved in today’s job search, we have lost a bit of that personal approach. However, that doesn’t mean that you should not use this approach. Small business don’t use/rely on the modern job search methods such as online recruiting and prefer to get to know their applicants.
When you feel like technology seems to always be kicking you to the curb during a job search, consider back-to-the-future strategies that can be most advantageous to you. Get personal:
Develop your own job leads. Perform substantial research and target your resume for a direct application to the company or a selected individual.
When targeting jobs with small/local businesses enquiring about possible opportunities, pop into them when they not busy to introduce yourself & have a friendly chat.
Network to a referral-chain. Ask each of your network group or the people whom you call daily: “Who else should I be talking to?” Invest time in getting to know the individuals who could help & make a difference in your job search.
Contact the hiring manager directly. Follow up on job ads, but to diffuse the crushing competition attempt to figure out who the hiring manager is and contact that decision maker directly. You can even write a resume letter to that person, but do not mention the job ad.
Mention that you’ve been researching companies where your excellent qualifications might be a good fit. If this “happy coincidence” causes the hiring manager to send your resume to the HR department, now it arrives from an important executive and will likely be examined.