JR8 wrote:Or show some ang-mo initiative, call the employer, get put through to the hiring manager, and ask him/her you should send your resume to.
It still has to be posted long enough on jobs bank or they won't approve the EP though
For an employer one might imagine that can be navigated. If I were hiring manager I'd pay attention to a candidate who employed 'outside the mainstream' initiative. I'm not differentiating between FT/Local, just in terms of any candidate that uses initiative.
Something similar was raised in a workshop I attended c2000, at an outplacement agency. I described it here, but can't find that topic. There were maybe 12 of us in a room plus the facilitator. I think the workshop was titled 'How to get that meeting' or similar.
The facilitator passed around a copy of the FT, Economist and so on, and asked us to flick through and highlight any job-ads that were of interest to us. IIRC these were ads placed by the employer, or an agency where the employer was identifiable.
Rather than 'Send your resume to:' as most stated, he telephoned them instead. This was all done discreetly via a speaker-phone, so we could hear the conversation. When he got through to the specific hiring manager, he made reference to the job ad, introduced himself briefly and asked 'What is it that you're really looking for, what's going to make the difference?'. I.e. the published ad only gives a rather generic, partial summary of what is sought, you know 'Must be a team-player' and similar corporate drone-like BS.
And there you were, the hiring manager usually giving you the whole unwritten job-specs. 'The candidate can expect to be travelling two days a week, their business unit is largely based in [XYZ other country] etc*a dozen. It was quite amazing
really in that:
- If you have the balls, the information is there to get
- How different the verbal job-spec can be from the published one
- Some of the nuanced 'this really might swing the scales for us' skills or experience that they'll tell you, but only if you speak to them.
- You thus have introduced yourself personally to the decision maker, shown professionalism by getting right to the point, and out-of-the-box initiative, and agreed that you will be sending him your resume by return.
Some of the hiring managers were not willing to discuss the roles, beyond what was in their ad, maybe 2/10. The others seemed only to happy to. You can maybe imagine, sitting around that table, first you smile, then you put your hand in front of your mouth and stifle a surreptitious laugh, a tear rolls down your cheek as you grimace - 'This is crazy and audacious!'.
Amazing. A bit like going to a magic show, or watching a illusionist. Sort of: 'That shouldn't be possible but he just did it almost effortlessly, as if it were a perfectly natural thing to do!'