A. Though some companies are required to maintain solicited applications, they are not legally bound to maintain unsolicited resumes. Unless you know someone within a particular company, it is usually not a wise idea to send an unsolicited resume because Human Resources professionals have required reading; your resume will not fall within that category. Antonio Robinson, Employment & Labor Attorney with Littler Mendelson, P.C.
A. “It is a good practice to develop a relationship with a firm you admire. Sending a letter to the CEO or president, writing a report on a topic of interest to the company, sharing a great article or writing a thank you note about a product or service will begin to connect you as a positive resource to the firm. This will give you a competitive advantage in the interview selection process, particularly if your skills closely match the job requirements. I got my first job as a human resources director out of graduate school from a CEO who saw my research paper and loved it! Janet Walsh, President of Birchtree-HR, LLC
A. Sending a resume to a company that is “currently not hiring” is an exercise in futility with a very low likelihood of success. However, you can dramatically increase your odds of learning about “emerging” job opportunities by gathering intel on your “target” companies via the Internet, by talking to people, by conducting informational interviews, by building productive relationships, and by paying it forward. Michael Esposito, SPHR, Director, Associate Relations, Northern Division, The Home Depot
A. I do think employees should send their resume to companies they are interested in, it never hurts. I think a better idea would be to try and find someone through your network either online (social) or offline that knows someone at the company of interest. I think requesting an informational interview is an excellent way to learn more about the company and position yourself as an expert in your field. I believe in this economy you have to cast a wide net and leverage everyone you know to get in front of decision makers. Cathy Missildine-Martin, SPHR, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Intellectual Capital Consulting, Inc.
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