Life Hack: Set up informational interviews with someone in the group you are trying to apply for. Phone or in-person.
You will need to do some work for this, but no due diligence goes unrewarded as a good company & position would be more than willing to sit with you for one.
- Reach out to HR and ask if you can set up informational interviews with someone from the organization that is hiring for the role you are applying for. Get a name and email. Work Phone numbers are in a grey area as they may not answer.
Once informational interview is acquired:
Note* this is an interview,
- Bring your resume. Clean, no typos, concise, adverbs of deliverables/accomplishments.
- Have questions prepared for what your experiences can contribute to in the role you're applying for.
- Be yourself: polite, thankful, eager to learn, prepared.
- Let them know you are applying for the role.
When closing on good terms and feeling the informational interview went well:
- Ask politely if the person you spoke with would be willing to help set up another informational interview with their next level of command, if they are not already the supervisor.
- Leave your resume with them and a good lasting impression.
- FOLLOW UP. Send the person a thank you note via email.
- The body of this email should include :
- 1. Thank you for interview.
- 2. Interesting fact you learned within your interview. Shows you are listening and capable. Should be related to the work and how your experience relates to their work.
- 3. Closing with thank you and mentioning the Interest in a follow up interview if they had agreed to help.
This has helped me get my resume circulated with more hands and allowed me to get my face and name noticed. There's always a higher chance when the ones hiring are, "hey, yeah you're the one from before!" rather than "hey whats your name?"