When you’re conducting your job search it’s very important for you to contact and deal directly with the hiring managers. If you’re dealing with clueless HR Departments it will just frustrate you.
In my experience most HR Departments are in constant turmoil with the managers and supervisors within their companies. The reasons why are many, but one of the main reasons is their inability to recognize talent. Oh, they can draft excellent vague job descriptions but judging talent? I don’t think so.
How many excellent candidates are passed over by clueless HR Departments because something is wrong or missing in the candidate’s resume or cover letter? My guess would be too many to count, and that’s being kind. Don’t get me wrong HR Departments are very good at explaining the company’s benefits or administering psychological or drug tests, but judging your talent and how you can make a difference to their company? Not so much.
If you want to get into a specific company you must contact and deal directly with the hiring manager, meaning the person you would normally report to within a company, to have any success. If the company you want to approach isn’t currently advertising a position what do you think the HR Department will tell you if you call them? Most likely something like, “We’re not looking” or “We don’t have any openings” and that’s simply not true. ALL COMPANIES ARE LOOKING FOR GOOD PEOPLE – TOP TALENT!
HR Departments do what they’re told and aren’t looking for people if they don’t have a current “job requisition” or “opening” it’s just not what they do, so if you call and approach them about joining their team you will get resistance, but if you call a hiring manager it will be a different story. The hiring manager will welcome your call and want to learn more about your abilities, talent, and what you can do for their firm. HR Departments are just not programmed that way. If you want to have success in your job search you must go around these clueless HR Departments. I hope this helps.
Good luck to you!
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