Generally speaking, spamming out unsolicited copies of your resume to people you barely know or have met briefly is a total waste of everybody’s time. It’s important to do your homework ahead of time and seek out a warm introduction from someone in your network before applying. Many people don’t ever develop a sufficiently detailed knowledge of the jobs, companies and/or career fields they want to work in. In fact, the resume itself may be less useful than finding a way to tell a story about what you have accomplished.
Reflect on these key points:
- 1The truth is that without a personal introduction your unsolicited resume is destined for the circular file.
- 2Never send a resume without researching the company you are applying to work for.
- 3Be prepared to ask for the position you want, and explain your suitability for it, rather than expecting a company to find you a ‘spot.’
“But in 35 years of professional life, including more than a decade as CEO of a public company, I have been continuously shocked by the naivete of people who resort to the old standby: sending out their resumes blindly.”