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Who should I send my resume too?

By max98037 ·
I'm currently unhappily working on a helldesk and hoping to land a first level systems engineer position anywhere but where I am working now. I plan to start targeting companies that I would like to work for.

Un Qestion:
When sending out a resume to a company that hasnt listed an opening, who is the best person to send it to? CIO, IT director, human resources? How could I find out who on earth that person is?

Any help or advice on this or any other job searching strategies would command a thousand thank you's.


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Did you want a limo with that job as well?

by DC_GUY In reply to Who should I send my resu ...

If the company hasn't listed an opening, what exactly is your strategy for getting an interview, much less a job offer? I'm not saying this to be flip. I'm saying this because you REALLY need to have a plan if you intend to crack through this barrier.

The obvious answer is to send your resume to all three of those people. But only the HR people will actually put it on file and perhaps remember that you exist. They might call you some day when they have an actual opening.

To get anywhere at all with the CIO or IT director, you need to STAND OUT. That doesn't mean fancy graphics and animation on your resume. It means a cover letter explaining to the person why they should drop what they're doing and imagine how much happier and more prosperous they will be if they hire you. You have to explain in very clear terms what you can do for their company; why they should post a job opening for the specific purpose of hiring you.

This is no time for modesty. Don't lapse into hyperbole, but by all means sell yourself very aggressively, by showing that you know a lot about the company (you have done your homework, haven't you?) and you know exactly what they need and how to give it to them.

You're probably going to have to get past two secretaries or other interference-runners before the CIO or IT manager even gets to see your resume, so remember that you're writing this for at least three people, two of whom have the explicit responsibility of making sure that their boss NEVER sees your resume!

Even if you send it by e-mail, a lot of busy people have their e-mail screened before they read it, or they'd have to read 500 every day.

And I hope you can write a whole lot better than you did on this posting. I know everyone says that you don't have to write a BBS posting as if it were a doctoral thesis.

But consider this: One of those people you'd like to work for may be reading this thread. Get in the habit of always impressing people with your excellent communication skills so they become second nature. That way you will never have to worry about letting your guard down.

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by JamesRL In reply to Did you want a limo with ...

I've just ended a long period of un employment and under employment.

It is true that many jobs are not advertised - the so called "hidden" job market.

How do you access it?

You network - you go through your list of friends and former collegues, you let them know that you are looking and what your employment goals are. If you know 20 people, and each of them know twenty might find a contact within one of your target organizations. They can help you by giving you information about the corporate culture, hiring practises etc.

I did get several interviews this way.

It helps in networking to have a clear concise statement of who you are and what you are looking for. One of the networking groups I belonged to called this the 30 second infomercial or the elevator speech.

No negative comments about your existing employer should ever pass you lips - its just a no-no and an automatic rejection signal for many employers. Even the term helldesk should be deleted from your vocabulary.

There are lots of web resources for writing good resumes and cover letters. Don't underestimate them. When applying to posted positions, my hit rate went way up after a resume rewrite. There are also good books on marketing letters - letters for those unposted jobs.

Keep positive, have a great resume, and keep your eyes and ears open to discover new contacts.

Good luck.


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See below

by Oz_Media In reply to Networking

There is a MAJOR hidden job market, there ALWAYS has been. MOST jobs are not advertised unless for legal reasons. In IT, do you really think they can't find somebody or people aren't emailing them dozens of resumes per week?

See "ALWAYS cold call first" below.

Good luck,

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Who Can You Impress?

by cliffr In reply to Who should I send my resu ...

If you blast out copies of your resume to everyone you can think of, it will most likely be treated as SPAM and deleted.

A resume from someone I never heard of means nothing to me. Same as those guys that go around passing out business cards at networking parties without stopping to talk about anything. If I don't know anything about you, why would I keep your contact info?

It's all about impressing people. You have to be referred by someone whose judgement I trust, or met me previously somewhere and discussed something with me that left a good impression. Go to meetings or events where hiring managers go. Be friendly and strike up a conversation when you can. Sell yourself first, then follow up with a resume afterwards. By then, they will be looking forward to seeing it.

One guy I know actually wrote a book, then put on his resume "author of How to..." just so he would get noticed. Gee, he must really know his stuff to have written a book....Nahhh, he just got serious about impressing people with his knowledge. He gave away free copies to anyone in a position to hire him. Now he's an independant consultant with more clients than he can handle.

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Who to send Targeted Resumes to

by edjcox In reply to Who should I send my resu ...

Your understanding of a companies business and it's structure should be evident. A good cover letter stateing your interest and desires.

Send to the business manager esponsible for the area you feel would be best sutied for you. Always request furtherence of the resume and leads the person may be aware of. Send a copy to the HR manager and request to be added to their candidates list for future oppertunities.

Make use of Monster .com and other Job boards such as Dice.

Good luck and don't quit your job or indicate your moving on.

A good conversation with your supervisor indicating your desire to move into field engineering may enable him to help. Couch your ambition into language that is supportive of company goals and yours.

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ALWAYS cold call first

by Oz_Media In reply to Who should I send my resu ...

sending out resumes is quite popular, I receive about 30 a month. I read NONE of them though.

Many companies will not read an unsolicited resume, the nature of my business says I CAN'T work with any unsolicited material, or applications.

One thing I taught in a Job Club I was involved with some years ago was to ALWAYS call for an appointment. Resume's are NOTHING without a face or voice attached to them, they are comlpetely useless by themself and you are just wasting a tonne of time.

PICK a company you want to work for, find out what they do and how you feel you could help them, what you can bring to the table etc.

Phone and ask who's in charge of the company, NOT HR, ask if he or she is there, if not, find out when they are in and call back, do NOT leave a message. If asked to leave a message just say you are on the phone a lot and miss most incoming calls during the day so it's easier to just call back when it's more convenient. It may take two or three calls at least to get who you want. When you do, introduce yourself, say what you do and what you can offer. Explain what you are doing and what you want to do then ask if they will see you for an interview and to accept your application, NOW you will probably be told to talk to HR, get the boss to transfer you. The HR desk now gets their boss forwarding a caller to them in order to apply for a position, it gets WAAAAAAAAY more attention ths way.

TRY and get an appointment, resumes are pieces of paper and no matter how colorful it may be with previous employers logos beside job descriptions (cool tip) etc. IT WON'T get you a job, YOU need to get the job.

Do this 25-35 times per day and it shouldn't take more than two or three weeks at most to find the job YOU want with a company YOU chose.

If it sounds a little far fetched, it has over an 88% success rate from my student's experience.

newspaper = 2.5% success rate .
email resumes without cold call = even lower if not 0%

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This might seem to be nitpicking...

by gralfus In reply to Who should I send my resu ...

but there are two spelling errors in your posting. If your resume reflects the same mistakes, it doesn't matter where you send your resume - it will be thrown away.

I've made this mistake a few times and didn't realize it until I was reading a copy of the cover letter I sent out (after I had already mailed it). I knew at that point I didn't have a snowball's chance in **** of getting the position.

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Me too

by Oz_Media In reply to This might seem to be nit ...

I am famous for my lack of spelling accuracy in these discussions. When I write a document or legal notice it is always bang on though.

I just don't take much time when respodning to these posts as there are simlpy too many of them to worry about it. I think this may be so in the original posters case too though, one is usually extremely careful when putting together a resume and spelling is more of a focus.

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Contact, Contact, and find your niche

by chris In reply to Who should I send my resu ...

I agree with Oz Media. You must call and talk to someone. Sending in a resume is good, but companies get resumes all the time. Many of them wind up in a stack. Calling will allow you to develop a relationship first.

When you do call, be energetic. Don't give them the same "talk" everyone else does! Be yourself and different than every other job seeker.

Find your niche and describe that to the company. Tell them on the phone or by appointment, how you can make their company better. Further tell them why you want to make the company better. They want results and they want to know that you can bring it to them.

Chris Gallagher

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