Get Hired Via Email!

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I remember when I graduated and I have blogged about this multiple times before, but it is totally normal to find the process of job hunting online boring, frustrating, time-consuming and somewhat depressing! Our parents tended to job hunt in person yet, increasingly, new jobs are being advertised and processed online via online job applications. You may have to uploaded your CV and cover letter etc. and wonder why you hear nothing back…

Beat the Applicant Tracking System

Well it’s probably because no one sees it! That’s right, a computer sifts through all those hundreds, if not thousands of CV’s searching for specific keywords within your CV; and if you pass the ‘Applicant Tracking System’ process only then will a human – aka the HR department, actually read your CV!!

The thought process understandably is that one person cannot deal with the overwhelming surge in applications and so the computer system takes over, saving time. However, in my opinion, great, talented candidates are put off by such lengthy and inhuman processes, so will look and apply elsewhere.

Potentially, there are ways to beat the system so to speak. By inputting keywords into your CV in white (so they are picked up but not shown up) or even formatting your CV better, the list goes on. But is it worth it?

You may be the perfect candidate and incredibly talented but if you don’t specify specific keywords outlined in the job description, (& it’s pot luck to receive one) your CV won’t be selected!

Dream job is an Email away!

As the title of this blog post suggests, it is possible to bypass those pointless job applications that disappear into the abyss. Just use email! Believe it or not there are jobs out there that don’t require you to fill out pointless applications!

Even if there are no vacancies advertised at your dream company, it is always worth sending prospective emails with your CV attached. Start by introducing yourself, outlining your past and current situation, experience, why you should work at the company and what you can bring to the table, also know as ‘pain letters’. The worst thing they can do is ignore you, but you have a much better chance of being noticed with your CV being read and also are more likely to be considered for future roles too! Also, make sure to include contact details and a link to your LinkedIn profile in your signature!

I hope this helps!

Good luck!

Love Career Girl

xoxo

2 thoughts on “Get Hired Via Email!

  1. Thank you for your comment!

    This is a great post, I really don’t think many people (older generation) understand how difficult it actually is to get a job now! When my dad (who is 67) told me to get a job at 16, he just assumed I could walk into an office and be like “hey, I need a job, when can I start?”. NO DAD, it doesn’t work that way anymore!

    I was also told that even when your CV does get through to a real person, that if you don’t have a degree on it they don’t even consider you, which is pretty sad (this is the creative industry – graphic design etc) as I can imagine there are so many talented people who don’t even get a chance to show what they are capable of.

    I completed my LinkedIn profile earlier this year, I always had one, I just didn’t know how important it could be! Thanks for sharing, hopefully some graduates/younger people will be able to benefit from this advice 🙂

    Em x
    http://www.ohfab.co.uk

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  2. This is a great post. I actually got a paid internship just by emailing them and asking if I could have one.
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    Saira Shani
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