Job applications often go through an online portal these days, to what may seem like a black hole. While there is a chance you’ll get an interview this way, there is also something else you can do in addition that will improve your chance of scoring that interview!
Always try to find a contact email for someone connected to the job. It may be difficult to find out exactly who is the one doing the interviewing. It could be the person overseeing the division or someone in HR. But find someone in the company who could be connected to the position in some way and reach out to them.
Check LinkedIn, social networks or the company’s website. Don’t forget to also check your personal network. You may have a friend who knows a friend who used to work at the company. Keep your email professional, polite and short. Let the person know you’re interested in working for the company. I would also let them know how you found their information, whether it was through the company’s site or on LinkedIn. Tell them you’d appreciate it if they could connect you to someone who may know more about the job or the hiring manager.
Don’t be afraid to emphasize your interest in the opening. Explain that although you applied online, you want to reach out to directly connect with someone, if possible.
By showing you’re willing to take this extra step to connect it also shows you really do care about the position!
You are taking a step to ensure your application is seen by someone, and that’s a big deal.
Remember: be polite, positive and interested! Emphasize this is a role you really want.