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Trick or Treat! 4 Ways to Make an Unsolicited Resume Employer-Friendly

Trick-or-treating is a lot like the job search. Just like millions of children on Halloween night, job seekers dress up, pound the pavement, and ask perfect strangers for jobs (treats) or rejection (tricks).

Just like trick-or-treating, job seekers run the risk of wasting time on employers who don’t respond or are just annoyed. When job seekers send unsolicited resumes, they’re acting on the assumption that there might be a position available or opening soon.

While the little witches, goblins, and superheroes will have to deal with that risk, job seekers can try these four tips to make their unsolicited resume employer-friendly:

Do your research

Before you blindly send your resume out to everyone and their mom, you need to do some detective work. Figure out what kind of company this is. What department would you work in? What position would you be qualified for? Who would make that decision?

These are important questions to answer because the employer is going to have to ask themselves the same thing.

Check out: Resume Blasting: Helpful or Hurtful?

Personalize

Now that you’ve done enough sleuthing, you can use what you know to personalize your cover letter and resume. No employer wants to see a “Dear Sir or Madame” letter.

When you send an unsolicited resume, you need to convince the reader that you are worth looking into. Explain how you’d fit into that specific company by including details that make it clear you have done your research.

Follow up

After sending off your resume, a great way to show that you’re serious about this company is to follow up. In your cover letter, finish up the note with a “Thank you for your time and consideration, if I do not hear from you beforehand, I will follow up in two weeks” or something along those lines.

Follow up with your employer via email rather than a phone call/in-person because it still gives the employer control. A short and sweet follow up that hits the major points of your initial letter is ideal in this kind of situation.

Check out: The 2 Best Ways to Follow Up With an Employer (Without Being a Pest!)

Put it on the back burner

Last but not least, know that sending out unsolicited resume is (by far) not the best way to apply to jobs. Many employers do read resumes and they often will keep your resume on file, but if they don’t have an open position, they won’t hire you.

Instead of nixing this tactic completely, put it on the back burner. Focus on building relationships, following job leads, and seeking companies that are hiring while sending one or two unsolicited resumes out a week. Remain persistent, your dream job is out there.

 

What do you think? What other things should job seekers consider before sending out unsolicited resumes? Have you ever landed a job from an unsolicited resume? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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