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The Sound of Silence
A chart topping single way back in 1966, the Sound of Silence is a haunting song about a dark time in this country. For many job seekers, it aptly describes the experience of applying for jobs in today’s troubled economy. They send off their resume, and all they get back from employers is a thundering nothing. Fortunately, however, it doesn’t have to be that way. There are steps you can take that will produce a response.
Job seekers typically describe their application experience as akin to sending their resume off into a black hole. It’s as if their communication disappears into some cavernous void never to be heard from or about again. They receive no reply whatsoever, not even a polite “Thank you very much for applying; now drop dead.”
The irony is that many if not most employers do now reply to candidate applications. In our surveys here at WEDDLE’s, over 80 percent report that they do so. They use technology – a system called an auto-responder – to acknowledge the receipt of every resume they receive.
So, why aren’t job seekers getting those messages? Because they’re caught in spam filters located on either their own computer or the servers operated by their Internet service provider. So, one solution to the sound of silence is for employers to provide the email address from which their acknowledgement will come so job seekers can add it to the safe list on their spam filer.
I routinely urge recruiters to make that simple adjustment, but obviously, there are still many who don’t get it or can’t be bothered. And. that means you must take steps to open up the lines of communication with the employers in which you’re interested. How can you do that? You have to make sure they hear the sound of your voice.
The Sound of Your Voice
Unfortunately, the Internet makes it so easy to apply for openings that a lot of people do. As a result, there are routinely dozens and sometimes even hundreds of applicants, each vying for the job you want. All of that activity produces its own noise which makes it difficult for a recruiter to notice any one applicant, including you. And, if they don’t notice you, they aren’t going to speak to you, even if they use technology to confirm receipt of your resume.
How can you make yourself visible enough to produce a dialogue? Ironically, the best way is to start the conversation yourself.
Talk to employers online and off. The goal is for you to be recognized by and stand out with as many people as possible in each organization to which you’ve applied. You want recruiters to know you, of course, but you also should strive to make connections with your peers in those companies. They can be powerful advocates if they are impressed enough to mention you to their HR Department.
You can communicate with employers in several ways on the Web:
There are also steps you can take in the real world to help break the silence of employers. For example, use the meetings of your professional and trade associations and your undergraduate and, if applicable, graduate alumni organizations to connect with employees of the companies in which you’re interested. These interactions can establish that you have the expertise to be their peer at work, but only if they’re done correctly. To avoid the appearance of being overly aggressive or, worse, desperate, focus first on establishing a rapport with each person and then, after that’s in place, you can let them know about your track record and that you’ve applied for a job with their employer.
The sound of silence is a haunting experience. It shreds your self-confidence and your hopes for the future. So, make it your job to turn off the silence and turn on a dialogue. Find opportunities to talk to the employers in which you’re interested and keep talking until they hear you.
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Let’s be honest. Most of us spend only one day a year paying attention to our career. The only time we focus on it is that single day when we receive our annual performance appraisal and salary review.
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