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Don't Be Afraid to Bend the Rules in Your Job Search

Don't Be Afraid to Bend the Rules in Your Job Search
From Recruiter - October 27, 2016

Inevitably, when Im meeting with a new job seeker, Ill ask a question that makes them pretty uncomfortable. Most of the time, that question is along the lines of, Why dont you send the hiring manager a message on LinkedIn?

Often, this job seeker hasfound a posting for their dreamjob at a great companybut they dont have any connections at the company. So, I will suggest that they introduce themselves to the hiring manager via LinkedIn or anemail.

The most common objection I hear is that the job seeker doesnt want to bother the hiring manager. They feel that contacting the hiring manager directly would be breaking the rules. It would be a way of going around the online system the company has designed. On top of that, they assume theydannoy the hiring manager with their actions.

The thing to remember is this: Its a great idea to apply online, but online application systems arent perfect. Theres a chance your resume will never be seen by human eyes if you only apply online. In all likelihood, the hiring manager knows this. If youre a qualified candidate, they will be more than happy to hear from you. Theyre probably dying to find the right candidate to fill their opening.

On top of that, most hiring managers are themselves networkers. The higher you go up the food chain at most companies, the more you need to rely on own networking abilities. So theres a good chance that the hiring manager has done the very same thing before.

Furthermore, the risk is pretty small. In a worst-case scenario, the hiring manager will ignore your message. The chance that they will send you an angry response is very low. And if you dont contact them via email, they may never know you exist in the first place.



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