I was never one of the braver job seekers I knew. So, when a friend would mention he or she sent an unsolicited resume to a company, it usually made me cringe. For a long time, I assumed there was absolutely no benefit to taking such a leap of faith.
Every once in awhile, I get an unsolicited resume from someone who is in user experience and is looking for a new job. I don’t mind this — I know that finding a job is hard, and reaching out to people who have previously said that they’re hiring for a position in your field is a perfectly reasonable thing to do.
Networking & Unsolicited Resumes – Should You Send One
As most of you are aware, there are hundreds of books in print that describe how best to write a resume. And, in any one given situation, they are probably all effective. The ideas spelled out above are fairly obvious things that have occurred to us over the years, after seeing an awful lot of resumes. Keep in mind that these tips were intended to be used for preparing what is, basically, a , or an unsolicited resume to be presented to a technical recruiting firm; thus, the somewhat general nature of the resume, and the desire to include as many of your technical job skills as you consider up-to-date and applicable. Remember, you are trying to get the attention of the recruiter, first. If you are successful in that endeavor, a good recruiter will help you focus your resume to get the attention of any one of a number of hiring clients.
Companies are the same. Companies rarely receive unsolicited resumes from attorneys. Companies typically pay outside counsel very high legal fees. The average law firm charges over $300 an hour. The also charges for faxing, photocopying, research, paralegal support and more. The result of hiring outside counsel can be extremely expensive for law firms.Anti discrimination laws place certain responsibilities for all business relating not just to employees, but also job applicants. Unwary businesses can be unfairly targeted by enterprising, though unqualified or uninterested applicant, who sent in unsolicited interest in the position and later claimed mistreatment because he/she was not even interviewed. What is the greatest advantage of sending an unsolicited resume? It is the limited competition you will face. Dozens or hundreds of resumes usually show up for an advertised position. With an unsolicited resume you are taking a chance that a manager may be considering a new position and you have the right qualifications. An employee may have given notice or already left and the employer needs someone quickly. Some managers are overworked or a little lazy and dont want to spend time going through the recruitment process. In fact, you may save the company and the department money because recruitment can be expensive. By hiring you, the tight department budget constraints may be eased a little. In todays economy, cutbacks can be to your advantage.Even when you send an application for a job that’s currently posted, some companies are still working on their communication. In other words, no matter how good your materials look sometimes, there are just some places that’ll take weeks to get back to you. And when you send an unsolicited resume, keep in mind that recruiters have a number of open, listed roles they’re currently working on. And those roles take priority, even when your stuff is great. The sooner they can get those jobs filled with awesome people, the sooner they can get around to reviewing anything else they’ve got waiting for them.