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Effective Job Application and Networking Tips

Savvy Community: Got Effective Job Application Tips?

Networking and proving your worth to a hiring manager can be tricky business. TiVo recently posed an all-too familiar question in our Savvy Q and A group:

How can I apply more effectively? I try to network, but I often submit my resume online. It seems like I'm just wasting my time.

Share your proven tips and suggestions with her in comments, and ask your own questions in our group.

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theCatsPajamas theCatsPajamas 6 years
i've been looking for work quite a bit too. besides sending a thoughtful cover letter every time, you've got to work your network. don't just send a mass email to your friends asking them to keep their eyes peeled for positions that will fit you, but after you've applied (especially online) tell everyone you know and ask if they know anyone at the organization or could put in a good word for you. even if it's a friend of a friend of your mom's hairdresser, it will help get your resume to the top of the pile. last thing, especially with online submission, make it personal. when applying, address your cover letter to your potential boss. if no information is listed, google it! see what comes up. when worse comes to worse, address it to the director of HR. also, read the job descriptions. edit your resume to touch on pertinent responsibilities (don't lie, make connections). also, address as specifically as you can why your experience is a good fit for the open position. good luck! we're hitting the pavement together!
d_et_g d_et_g 6 years
Speaking of proofing, blue.... Any tips to stand out in a positive way? I know when I'm applying online I'm just 1 in a million and it's hard to move from someone not hating your resume to actually picking up the phone and calling you!
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 6 years
I have been in the process of trying to hire a person for our office and have been sifting thru a stack of resumes. A few tips: 1. If the ad states sending a resume and cover letter. Do both. Don't send a generic cover letter either. Mention the position open, where you saw the ad (if applicable) and share a little information about yourself and your abilities. If you only send a resume it comes off as if you didn't care to put any work into applying for the job (same goes with a generic cover letter). 2. Use spell-check and proofread. I don't know how many times I've seen "ad" spelled "add". Also, I've notice that a lot of people will compose sentences filled with buzzwords that make absolutely no sense. 4. Do NOT LIE on your resume. I'm really surprised how many people have said that they have experience on paper but at the interview will admit they really have no experience. That will get you a swift kick out the door. 5. Lastly, put a pleasant message on your phone. I'm not impressed when I get rapping, slangy, "funny", rude (trying to be "funny") voice mail messages when I'm trying to call and schedule an interview. Overall, try to stay positive. With this economy, it's going to take a little time but if you stay dedicated and organized when you send resumes something good will happen. Good luck!
DeMaria482 DeMaria482 6 years
I have the same problem. I would like to know the answers, too.
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