The job search can be frustrating and confusing when you’re sending out more applications than you can count and still receiving little to no response from overwhelmed, extremely busy hiring managers. Although this is fairly common in an over-saturated job market, there are things you can do to take matters into your own hands.
One of the most effective steps you can take to get your application noticed is to get in touch with the person who ultimately makes the hiring decision for the position you applied for – whether that’s the head of the department, the head of the company or a member of human resources.
The first thing you should do to get in touch with the right person is do your research. Ideally, the job posting itself will tell you who to contact, making it easy to follow up with the appropriate person. Most of the time, however, the listing won’t say specifically who to contact – this is especially true if you are looking for film jobs; Los Angeles producers don’t always want their information out to the public. This is where your “detective” skills come in.
Start with the information posted on the company’s website. Sometimes, the website will have contact information listed for all employees or at least department heads. This is a good place to start, especially if you know the department your dream job is in. Worst case scenario, you can call the head of that department and get the contact information for the person actually in charge of hiring.
If the company website keeps contact info hush-hush, try calling the secretary of the organization to get more information. As the gatekeeper of the company, the receptionist knows who is in charge of what and how to get in touch with everyone. Be polite, friendly and genuine when talking to this person. They may not be able to give out contact information, but you won’t know until you ask – and they are exponentially more likely to help you if you treat them with respect and consideration.
Another method for getting in touch with a hiring manager is utilizing search engines and social networks. Most people have a profile on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn. For example, if you’re looking for journalism jobs, Los Angeles editors are more likely to have a social profile for contacting sources and networking. Do some exploring to see if you can find their personal or professional accounts, and reach out to them through those avenues.
Now that you have some good ways to follow up on your job applications, you can start looking at job postings with a better idea of how to get your name out there. Looking for production jobs, Chicago, New York and Dallas are constantly hiring. Check out the open postings on 4EntertainmentJobs.com now!
To Your Success,