Arrington Career/Transition Tip Series Article 1
Article #1 in the Series
Congratulations: You have found the Arrington Career/Transition Tip series. I believe this will be helpful because I notice people making decisions without necessarily knowing to do additional steps to help their chances at successfully landing. So, I will create these tips in article form too. Every tip I post will receive a corresponding article so it can remain accessible and chronicled on my profile.
Career/Transition Tip #1:
When you find a company and a specific job role you are interested in applying for…Don’t immediately apply!
You: But wait..why Brian…what happens if that position disappears on me?
Me: I’m glad you asked!
Me: First have you checked your LinkedIn connections to see if you have anyone in your network that works for that company?
You: I never thought to! Why would I?
Me: Great Question Again! You want to check to see if you have a connection at that company so that you can possibly get an INTERNAL REFERRAL for that role/or many roles within that company BEFORE you FILL OUT the application (after you fill it out is too late for the referral)! ***See note below***
Me: Why is this important? Because a referral gives you a moderate to high advantage against competition (depends on the company). But always get a referral if you can! Resumes must match the Job Description as well (JD). If the fear of a role disappearing causes you concern, just think of how your application would look mixed in with 50 other applications.
Now imagine your application still in that stack and glancing over to the right and seeing a different stack of just six applications prominently displaying the mark of a internal employee that has vouched with their reputation for those candidates for that same position. How do your chances look now? Balance expediency of submission with strength of application!
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***There may or may not be a limit to how many applications you may/can submit in a period of time before being flagged; ask your internal referral or recruiter if this applies***