To be successful in your job search, you have got to work it. Devising a plan and following a routine will keep you moving forward to reaching your goal. However, there is a tendency to become so efficient that you lose the personal touch. The pressure of a job search can drive you to become robotic. If you sent twelve resumes out last week and had no responses, you decide to send thirty this week. You automate your process and streamline everything. The opportunities become a job posting number, rather than an exciting opportunity. The bigger problem is the people that you are contacting start to see you as a number, rather than an interesting candidate. Employ these three strategies to humanize your job search.
Customize Your Cover Letters
Craft a custom letter for each job opportunity. It is much easier to have a template and simply change the contact information and drop in the name of the position at hand. However, by adding a couple of lines about the company and why you are a perfect fit for the position you will edge out the completion.
Send a Personal Thank You
Most people know that sending a thank you letter or email after an interview is important. However, a canned message thanking the interviewer for his or her time with an overused line such as, “I remain interested in the position and hope to hear from you soon,” falls short. Instead, reinforce your candidacy by adding a few lines with examples of your past accomplishments that prove you can handle the challenges of the job opportunity. Pay attention in the interview to learn about the company’s needs and upcoming initiatives.
Do Some Friendly Networking
On a weekly basis, you probably receive the default message asking you to join someone’s LinkedIn network. Although unimpressed, we accept the invitation on auto-pilot. If you want to humanize your job search, avoid sending canned messages. Instead take a moment to write a personal message to connect with others. For example, “Hi Bob; we met at the regional meeting last week. Would like to connect with you on LinkedIn. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you.” This opens the door to a real two-way communication that can really work in your favor. It does not have to be a long, detailed message. Just use a few words to connect on a personal level.
Debra Wheatman is a certified writer and career coach who has guided the professional development of thousands of clients globally. She is reachable at firstname.lastname@example.org.