Why Job Seekers Should Not Be Blasting Out the Resume
For many job seekers, a common line of thinking is that the greater exposure one’s resume gets, the higher his or her chances are at getting hired. That’s not necessarily how it works! Oftentimes, unsolicited emails and resumes get ignored by recruiters. There are many reasons to why that is, including:
- Security Concerns
One corrupt email or attachment is all it takes for the virus to take over a computer, so unsolicited emails are often deleted.
- No Gain for The Recruiter
If you’re sending your resume to a recruiter as part of a blast email, the recruiter is much less likely to work with you because they are only paid when they bring in a candidate to the employer who ultimately gets hired. If you’re already sending you resume out directly to the employer and other recruiters, there’s no gain for them.
- You Look Desperate
Today, it’s all about targeted communications when it comes to job searching. Anything you send out for job search purposes should be tailored and customized to the recipient. Sending your resume via a blast does not do that, and implies that you’ll take any opportunity that comes your way.
Aside from the points above, sending out your resume via a blast puts you at risk. You may restrict your blast to certain people, but that does not restrict the recipients of it from making it public to others. Now, your personal information can be broadcast to the entire world to see on the Internet. The same is true with job boards where you make your resume public. There’s no control over who will have your information, and who may take it and use it with bad intentions.
To effectively make use of your time job searching, rely on efforts with a higher success rate:
- Target Your Employers
Know what type of job you want and who you want to work for. Now, instead of wasting efforts aimlessly, you can focus your time researching those specific employers: finding out who you may know who can help make an introduction and impress with a resume that is tailored and customized to the employer’s needs. In some instances, you may need to reach out directly to contacts at the employer without the help of an introduction from a mutual acquaintance. If that’s the case, find ways to customize your message. For more tips, read: “5 Tips to Personalizing the LinkedIn Invitation to Connect.”
- Work with Specialized Recruiters
Working with a recruiter is not for everyone, but for those at the executive level and for those in specialized fields where talent may be hard to come by, going with a specialized recruiter can be an effective approach. Recruiters specializing in certain industries may know of job opportunities not openly made public. Remember when working with recruiters that they are working for the employer, not you. However, with the right match in experience and skills, specialized recruiters can help you successfully find your next job. For more on working with recruiters, read: “What Are Recruiters Looking for on a Resume?”
- Niche Job Boards / LinkedIn
While posting your resume on job boards and applying to job openings there tends to have a lower effectiveness rate than other methods, it is worth the time to review niche job boards. That’s not to say you will apply through job boards, but you can find opportunities there and take that as a lead to approaching the right contacts at the employer. For example, if you’re looking for a tech job, Dice.com is known to specialize in tech job openings. If you see something suitable, see if there’s someone you know on LinkedIn who can help with making a connection for you to submit your resume for the job opening. And, aside from LinkedIn being a great resource to conduct research for your job search, it also offers a feature called Open Candidates to help direct your profile to the attention of targeted recruiters and hiring managers who are looking for your type of talent and skills. For more on LinkedIn’s Open Candidates, read: “What Job Seekers Need to Know about LinkedIn’s Open Candidates Function.”
As a job seeker in today’s job market, you’re competing with many other talented and skilled professionals. Approach the job search the smart way, without aimlessly blasting a resume that may be interpreted by recipients as spam mail and ignored.