Get 50%+ More Job Application Responses with this "Double" Strategy

June 3, 2018

What do you do when you apply for a job online? Hit send and forget about it? Hit "apply now" and start praying?

 

If you don't have a next step to get your application process, you are dramatically reducing your chances of receiving a response to your application. 

 

How do you increase the likelihood of getting a phone call or interview request?

 

You need to connect with the recruiter or hiring manager directly.

 

 


The Critical "Second Step" Job Application Process

 

Find a Company Contact:

 

If it's not stated in the job ad and the company page doesn't list who heads the department you're applying to, the easiest place to find the appropriate person is on LinkedIn.

 

Conduct a quick search for employees at the company. Or, if the company is smaller, simply scroll through the list of all employees (you'll find a link to this list on the company's LinkedIn page).

 

Hopefully, if you've been consistent about building and expanding your professional network on LinkedIn (wink, wink, nudge, nudge), you may already be connected to someone in a position to hire, or someone who can connect you with the decision maker.

 

Send a Message to Demonstrate Enthusiasm:

 

This second-step process is effective when it's used to demonstrate your enthusiasm about the company and your ability to solve a problem for the hiring manager.

 

Do not use this precious opportunity to badger or pester someone in the company to help YOU. Make it all about THEM. How you can serve them, support them, and make a difference.

 

Here are some sample scripts to use: 

 

When you are already connected:

 

Dear {Contact Name}:

 

I have a strong interest in coming on board with your team at [company name]. I recently applied for the {position/job title} and I believe my reputation for {strength/expertise/accomplishment - such as driving double-digit, YOY growth}, may prove valuable in this role.
 
I think I can help your team [describe a problem/challenge you can solve and how].
 
I would appreciate speaking with you personally on the phone to further discuss how my experience fits with this role. You can reach me at: 123-456-789.
 
Also, please find my resume and cover letter attached.

 

Sincerely,

 

Your Name


Script when you're not connected (300 Characters Max!):

 

I have a strong interest in coming on board with your team at [company name]. I recently applied for the {position/job title} and I believe my reputation for {strength/expertise/accomplishment - such as driving double-digit, YOY growth}, may prove valuable in this role.

 

I would enjoy speaking with you further at: 123-456-7890

 

 

Be Patient & Don't Over Follow-Up:

 

Absolutely go ahead and follow-up with your contact if you don't receive a response. But, give it some time.

 

Don't follow-up about your application until AT LEAST a week after the job closing date (mark this on your calendar!). 

 

If you come across as an annoyance, your job application will be trashed. 

 

Hiring processes take time. I know it can feel excruciating waiting for a response, but you need to respect that the people responsible for processing your application have other priorities. Be mindful of their time.

 

Bottom line - don't be pushy or aggressive with employees at the company you want to work for; be patient and respectful. But, go after the job you want. Contact people directly and be confident about your ability to positively impact their organization.

 

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The founder of Kick Glass Career Coaching, Tammy Banfield is a professional resume writer and certified career coach who specializes in helping talented and ambitious women advance their careers. Tammy has helped over 600 career seekers from around the world secure their ideal job - jobs where they are valued, fulfilled, and well paid. Connect with Tammy on LinkedIn or at her Website


 

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