How exactly should you reach out to hiring managers? When is the appropriate time to reach out? What are the benefits?
These are all wonderful questions. We have created and provided a simple framework you may follow in order to get the answers you desire.
Reaching out to your hiring managers is a wonderful way to greatly increase your chances of being hired. In many cases, it is best to either email these managers, or contact them via a professional social media site, such as LinkedIn.
It is best to reach out immediately after you have applied, as the message you send should supplement your resume. You should provide a short, straightforward, targeted message that summarizes why you are the absolute best fit for the job. You may also provide contact information, and attach your cover letter and resume.
It is well-established by now that the standard job application process is typically too generic to capture the full reason why you are the best candidate.
Resumes and cover letters cannot possibly relay all the details of all of your experiences. At best, they provide miniature abstracts that scrape only the surface of who you are as a professional. In addition, hiring managers have complained for years now that it is nearly impossible to find exactly what they are looking for simply by searching through long lists of buzz words that don’t hold any significant meaning.
Many resumes include the same descriptions, and besides the specific qualifications, include a lot of the same ideas. Given this, how is it possible to highlight yourself as unique among the many candidates that apply? Fortunately, there is an approach you can take in order to set yourself apart from your competition. This approach is reaching out to your hiring managers directly.
When you reach out, it is ultimately most important to write in a conversational tone, and succinctly, yet effectively, elaborate on the qualifications that make you most suitable for the pertinent job position. The tool you need to use is called Letter of Interest. Deniz Sasal from The Career Mastery; my idol, have done a fantastic job explaining it. You can check it out here if you’d like to.
When you reach out to hiring managers, it is imperative you write with a conversational tone. You will want to essentially summarize the information presented on your resume, as well as how your skills and experience align directly with the goals of the company. However, you should avoid using the same language that is present on your resume, and instead, make strong efforts to appear human.
Of course, you should maintain a professional demeanor; however, hiring managers are very bored of reading the same meaningless descriptions that appear on the majority of resumes.
Ditch basic terms such as “synergetic leader,” and “productive planner,” and opt for juicier, more descriptive language. For instance, in order to communicate the same ideas, you may say something such as, “I have collaborated with very influential people, and planned and led an abundance of very large events by myself. After reviewing the qualities that you desire most, I am very confident I am a great fit for your company.” In this case, you essentially provide answers to standard interview questions without ever being asked. You create the gateway for an ongoing conversation.
Furthermore, your goal is likely not to send in as many resumes and cover letters as you can. Rather, your goal is likely to land interviews. Receiving an interview is the nonverbal cue that you meet the guidelines for the available position.
Moreover, interviews are the main pathways to jobs. Therefore, when you reach out to hiring managers, you want to include information you believe is interesting enough to grant you an interview.
Do not include any unnecessary information, but also do not transcribe the interview you imagine playing out in your head. Simply give the hiring managers a taste of what you can offer, and make them reach out to you in order to learn more.
Elaborate on the Most Important Qualifications
That’s correct; it is imperative you elaborate on your most important qualifications. You must determine which of your skills and qualifications would be viewed most positively by the employer. In order to make this decision, it is very wise to perform extensive research on the company before you even apply.
Learn precisely what it is the company is looking for in a candidate, and then discuss the quality when you reach out. Do not exhaust the topic, but succinctly explain and support how you embody this quality.
You may want to briefly include aspects of your previous employment experience, or touch on other work endeavors to justify your argument. For instance, suppose the company strongly desires a candidate with a great deal of experience in engineering.
You may write something say such, “I understand you are seeking somebody with plenty of experience in engineering. I contend I am an excellent fit for this position, as I have worked in the engineering field for over 10 years.” In this case, you briefly address the specific desires of the company, while also informing them you have performed research. You also assert that you are very suitable for the job, and then succinctly describe why you believe this. Overall, this is a very fine example of an appropriate way to reach out to hiring managers.
This said, you should avoid the mistake of merely restating everything that is on your resume. Employers already have an incredible amount of resumes to read; they do not want to read yours twice.
When you reach out, it is important to only discuss the aspects of your resume you believe are the most relevant and impressive for the available job position, and to omit the rest.
Reaching out to hiring managers is a strategic approach you can take in order to set yourself apart from your competition when applying for a job. It is your opportunity to introduce yourself as an actual human being, rather than some mindless professional who is only described by the few buzz words presented on their resume. Remember; it is very important to employ a conversational tone when reaching out, and only include the information that is very relevant to the position.