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How to Apply for a Posted Job

I recently got involved in email conversations about how to apply for a job you found posted somewhere. While I have a couple other posts here in my blog that describe what to do / not to do, I thought I would add this additional post to tie it all together and lay it out in a step by step manner.


The essence of the process is to avoid applying for jobs through the HR Department.. Why? Because the surveys (you can find them on the Internet) indicate that you will get a face-to-face interview only 1 time in 20 when you apply through the HR Department. The poor HR people are overloaded with work and resumes. They commonly are only able to commit 10-30 seconds in review of your resume to make a decision to bring you in for an interview or not. And if you are not that 1 in 20, then the chance of you getting a “Dear John” letter / email is even smaller.


So, what’s a job seeker to do? Here is my recommended step-by-step approach. – – – Note. The sequence is important.


1. Read the job description very closely.

2. Pick out 4-6 key requirements of the job.

3. Create a T-Letter. (If you don’t know what a T-Letter is, then search for my other post in this blog named, “Use the Document that is More Important than Your Resume”.)

4. Enter (copy and paste usually is good enough) the 4-6 key requirements into the T-Letter.

5. Now, for each requirement, write 2-4 bullets about how you meet the requirement (qualify for the job).

6. Write the opening and closing paragraphs of the T-Letter.

7. Now, figure out (“identify”) who is the Hiring Manager. (I have another post in this blog on how to do that.)

8. Contact the Hiring Manager. (I have another post in this blog on how to do that.)

9. If that doesn’t work, contact an external recruiter you know and see if he/she can get your resume in front of the Hiring Manager.

10. If all else fails, then apply through the HR Department / fill out the employer’s on-line application.


This approach takes more effort by you. However, you will find that this approach increases the frequency that you will get a face-to-face interview.



July 2, 2013 - Posted by | Pursue Posted Job


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    Comment by Jim Grant | August 2, 2013 | Reply

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