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Now, I realise job seekers
might be applying to many
jobs all at once and don't
want to take the time to
critique each one.
As helpful as the job search experts
try to be, we can t always reach out to
everyone who needs the help or present
the information in a way they may be
So unfortunately there are still many who
do not understand the "rules of engagement"
in working with those who manage the job
In a hopefully clear and concise manner,
I present two examples of job seekers reaching
out to me in contrasting ways. One is an
example of what to do, and one an example
of what not to do.
Job Seeker #1: The Strategic Network-
erI recently received a LinkedIn invitation to
join the network of Jane Doe (not her real
name). I did not know her previously, and as
a recruiter, it didn't bother me a bit - she
was an active job seeker who might be some-
one I could place. Maybe not in a position
I was working on at the time for one of my
clients, but maybe sometime in the near
Her approach was simple, but well-pre-
sented and executed. Her LinkedIn invite
included the message as follows:
I am seeking a Product/Customer Mar-
keting Manager (CPG/Promotional) oppor-
tunity in Dallas. I would love to connect with
you on LinkedIn and expand my network. I
have over 1,900 contacts and would be happy
to introduce you as well.
I appreciate your kind help!
I accepted her LinkedIn invite immediately.
By connecting this way via LinkedIn, she
gained access to my contact information and
was able to send me this email later that day:
Thank you for connecting with me on
LinkedIn. I am in the process of looking for
a Product/Customer Manager (CPG) oppor-
tunity in Dallas. I would love to speak with
you about any opportunities you may know
of at your earliest convenience and have
attached my resume for your review and con-
sideration. If you know of someone in the
Dallas area who may be a good contact, please
forward my information along to them. I
appreciate your kind help.
I have a Bachelors degree in Marketing/
Management with 10+ years of Product/Brand
Marketing, Customer Marketing, Business
Development, Merchandising and Promotions
experience. I am a take-charge person who
is able to present creative ideas, communicate
product benefits and understand the cus-
My experiences include:
Working with retail, military and medical
professionals developing, selling and pro-
moting consumer goods.
I have travelled extensively to work with
buyers to better understand their end user
and have developed a line of products to fit.
In addition, I have 10+ years experience pro-
viding customer service and solutions to buy-
ers and customers.
Thank you very much for your time and
consideration. I look forward to hearing from
you as soon as possible via the contact details
[she provided her phone number]
All this information was immediately added
to our company's applicant tracking system
for future reference. I may or may not have
a job arise that she could interview for.
Regardless, my connections may come in
handy for her.
Job Seeker #2: The Dart Thrower
Last month, I had a job seeker apply for
a job we had posted on our job board. The
job posting clearly stated the location. By its
description, it was also quite clear the job
would include managing direct reports on
location. The job seeker appeared to be qual-
ified, but I was concerned about the length
of her commute.
I emailed her a short note to thank her for
applying and asked her about the length of
commute. Realise that of the many who apply,
few (unfortunately) get a direct response
immediately. Those who are contacted should
take advantage of a direct response with well-
thought responses. Her response to my email
I am sorry I didn't realise you were in [city
listed in job description], are you open to
telecommute and if not I understand.
Now, I might be a little picky (like most
hiring managers and recruiters), but I think
there are many things wrong with this
response that trigger all kind of warning signs
She has the attention of a recruiter (a
response!). She couldn't take the few extra
seconds to write "Hello Jeff" and/or "Thanks
for contacting me!"? Or even put her name
after Kind regards?
[This tells me her written communication
skills may not meet the standards of my
She didn't realise the city the job was in?
It was clearly stated in the beginning of the
job description. This tells me she didn't read
it carefully, or at all. [Skills in attention to
detail might be suspect.]
Now, I realise job seekers might be applying
to many jobs all at once and don't want to
take the time to critique each one. But a job
that may be a perfect fit for you? Wouldn't
you take a little time on this one? And, when
the recruiter contacts you, would your imme-
diate response be to highlight your lack of
effort in evaluating this position?
Asking if this job is open to telecommute
is just another indication of a lack of under-
standing the job description - particularly
the part about managing direct reports on
[I'll go easy on this one, but I may have
addressed it differently. For example, "If this
job is not open to the idea of telecommute,
please consider me for other similar oppor-
The sentence structure in the email is
abrupt and incorrect.
[Not much else to say about that.]
The major issue with all this is future con-
sideration. If I have many job opportunities
in the metro area where she lives, I might
have a future opportunity that would have
been a better fit. However, the impression
she gave me of her was not all that good.
Seeing that I was posting a job that she
was interested in, but not close enough to
her house, she may have taken a completely
different approach and been a lot more suc-
cessful. Like the approach of Candidate #1.
The Right Approach: Job Seeker #1
The key take-away is that Job Seeker #1
provided the right information in the right
manner to have a recruiter take notice and
keep her "virtual resume" on file for future
opportunities. It took very little effort on her
part or mine.
She may have also recognised that I was
not working on any jobs that fit her back-
ground (posted on my company's web site).
So she took a generic approach of introducing
herself and not trying to push consideration
for a job for which she was not qualified.
While writing this article, I had two emails
pop in. Which categories above would you
place them - Dart Thrower or Strategic Net-
An email with no text at all. Just a resume.
A LinkedIn note stating:
Nice to see your profile on Linked In. Can
I send you a LinkedIn Invite so we are net-
Or if it is easier you can email me an invi-
tation to John Doe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Whichever works for you please let me know.
I have over 8,400 connects and would like
to be connected to you.
There are many roads to get to your des-
tination. Some are longer than others. Some
are dead ends and time-wasters. Take the
right roads with your eyes and ears wide open
and you'll get there faster.
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