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10 Ways To Get In Front Of A Hiring Manager

Get Creative To Get In Front Of A Hiring Manager

In My Career eCourse (if you haven't Signed Up to Lorena's List yet, do so now to take advantage of this Free eCourse I'm offering) I asked for your thoughts on creative ways to get in front of the Hiring Manager. 

Listed below is a compilation of some of your ideas and a few more I threw in. 


Can you see yourself using one or more of these?  You should; they’re great ideas! 

  • 1. Inside Contact

If you're interested in a specific company, get an inside contact. This means proactively trying to meet someone from the company, or a friend of a friend situation. People hire people they know - it’s comfortable. Therefore, do whatever it takes to get an inside contact.

Are any of your contacts connected to people in the company you are applying for?  See if you can get them to help you get a foot in the door. 

Look up your connections on LinkedIn.  Link into me for a better chance.

Don’t forget to check Classmates – Classmates , and MyLife for old school contacts.  Who knows, they may be working in one of your target companies.

  • 2. Certified Letter

Have you ever sent a certified Resume? It seems some of you have!  All it requires is going to the post office, and paying a few dollars to send it certified with confirmation. This means the recipient of the letter must sign for it. Your odds for bypassing HR and getting directly to the Hiring Manager have greatly increased.  And they may even sign for it themselves!  They're curious. 

By sending it certified to the hiring manager, you're insuring that your letter has reached its destination - it has reached the hiring manager, even if it went to a gate keeper or two along the way, everyone will be curious as to why this was sent certified.  You will stand out!

Since many of you don’t want to have your photo on your resume (because of HR compliancy in many companies) you may want to have some business cards made up with your picture on it and attach it to your resume so they remember who sent this. 

Go Here to get 250 FREE Business Cards to start this campaign!

  • 3. Deliver the Resume in Person

What do you have to lose? Walk into the office, and ask for the hiring manager by name. Just say you need to discuss the current job opening with them.

Sound crazy? It works - they will see you as being determined, proactive, and outgoing. 

If they are too busy, they may just come out to shake your hand, thank you for your time, and ask you to make an appointment with their secretary.  At least you made an impression AND got an appointment!  Come to think of it, I got one of my past positions this way!

  • 4. The Post-it Note Trick

Usually the Hiring Manager has someone else open their mail.  This person is responsible for screening for junk mail and to weed out non-qualified candidates. Therefore, here’s the trick. Take a regular Post-it note, and write something like "This one looks good!” and sign it with “J “ (or whatever initial you want to use), and attach it to your resume.

Who is "J"? Who cares! The point is that the hiring manager will get a resume with a Post-it note on it, stating that it's good. Therefore, they are more likely to pay close attention to the resume at the direction of “J”. 

Even if they spend the next few minutes trying to figure out who “J” is, you’ve captured their attention.  Is this deceptive? - no, it’s effective and innovative advertising.  You can always use your own initials if it makes you feel better, but it may be obvious and not as effective.

  • 5. Twitter – Again

Use Twitter to find out if they’re going to the upcoming (trade show, conference, etc…) that you’re attending.  Use Facebook or LinkedIn to look up their picture before you go so you will recognize them in case you run into them at the event.  Now promise not to go stalker on them….

  • 6. Invite Them

If you’re conducting a speech, heading up a networking group, event, seminar, or webinar, invite them.  What better way to capture their attention while the spotlight is on you.  Just the invitation alone makes you stand out.

  • 7. Join Them

Are they conducting a speech, conference, heading up a networking group, event, seminar, or webinar?  Show up.  If you are not able to meet or greet them in person, make sure you follow up with an email saying you were there.  State something of substance from the event that shows your knowledge in the area of the position you are applying for.

  • 8. What’s Their Favorite Charity?

Let them know you are so interested in having an interview with them you are willing to donate to the charity of their choice on their behalf for a moment of their time.  This will tug at their heart strings.  How could either of you go wrong.  The money goes to a great cause!

  • 9. Get Them a Ticket

If you have an extra ticket to an upcoming business event or industry relevant networking event, invite them.   

  • 10. Turn a Negative into a Positive

Find a negative article about the company and explore ways your background could actually help them overcome the diversity.  Lead with this and then your resume submittal.  This not only shows your industry knowledge, but also that you are following them closely and you have an interest in solving their business issues.

Wow!  These are some creative ways to get you in front of the decision maker – and leave a lasting impression!  Do you have more ideas to share?  Please let me know –

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