Many job seekers bemoan the fact that they send out countless resumes hoping to land the perfect role and hardly any of them are even acknowledged. It takes a lot of time, research, and effort to mount a successful job search. However, there are a few things that will almost always result in your resume landing in the “circular file”:
- Local candidates only – When a job posting includes this phrase – or something similar – it’s because the hiring company requires immediate assistance and/or will not pay for an employee to relocate. If you’re in Texas and the job is in Los Angeles – even if you are PERFECT for that job and willing to relocate at your own expense – chances are your resume won’t even be reviewed. Spend your time applying to local jobs – or wait until you have relocated before applying. Your likelihood of landing this job is highly unlikely.
- Need a Visa? If you require a Visa to work in the US, your job search will definitely be more difficult than those without visa restrictions. Start your search with companies that have international offices or deal with international clients and markets. Though many of these clients will consider hiring someone who needs a Visa, it is usually only done for high-level or hard-to-fill positions only. As a rule, most freelance staffing agencies are not able to work with talent who do not have a visa or require sponsorship.
- Introduce yourself – If you are in the practice of sending resumes without even a hello, consider yourself deleted. You are much better off attaching a formal cover letter or writing a short email introduction explaining who you are and why you are interested in the position advertised. Don’t forget to include a link to your website or creative portfolio if you’re in the creative sector. This is often the first thing hiring managers will click on.
Recruiters are invested in the success of your job search, too! Help them help you!
Kevin Kahn, for Artisan Creative