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September 02, 2009

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I used to work in HR as a HR Assistant for a large company. It was my job to open the resumes and scan them into a computer. Bulky packages do get noticed, as annoying.

Even if a resume was sent FedEx it would end up with me to log and process. We had to track them for legal purposes. As the hiring decision was not up to me, the effort to stand out with special mailings was wasted. The resumes with keywords that matched the job requirements were the resumes that got passed along.

Networking, on the other hand, worked well. We would often get resumes from managers that someone had passed them and they would more often than not get put on the interview list.

If you don't have a contact in the company, match your resume to the position, making sure that you are what they are looking for. That will get your resume past the first hurdle. Then make sure your resume is well written, with a good cover letter. If you have a hard time with this, invest in a resume service. I did and they took my blah resume to rock star. It is a good investment in yourself.

I agree with what you are saying. It is best to know someone in the company or to have had contact with a person. If you haven't networked with anyone at the firm, then make sure to email some there at the least. If you can get a conversation going with that person, they will remember you better than others who have not had the same contact. Later when they screen resumes, they'll recognize your name. You could also call all your contacts in the industry and ask them if they know of any open positions or know of anyone at a company who may be hiring. If you can get introduced, that will definitely put you above the rest of the pack.

Hello, I found your website at Nil2Million where both of our blogs were featured. I think your ideas are great. Networking is key. And if someone is willing to take their time to put in all that effort to get a position, imagine how well their creativity will contribute for the company. Thanks for the post.

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