Make contact with the hiring manager before you send your CV
It may seem like a very direct approach, but speaking with or e-mailing the hiring manager can have its rewards. A job advert doesn’t always show everything the company requires, so if you have some more questions then contacting the hiring manager can provide a better understanding.
Here are some of the benefits of contacting the hiring manager before you write or send your CV…
Gain some insider info
Although the job advert describes the tasks and responsibilities, you never truly know what is required until you do the job. However, by speaking directly to the hiring manager you can gain some valuable inside knowledge and tips on what they are specifically looking for.
Make sure you’re remembered
With the vast amount of CVs being e-mailed to the hiring manager, if you have already spoken to them and given them your name, there is a good chance they will remember you. If you made a great impression, they may even ask you to send your CV directly to them after the call!
Decide if this is someone you’d want to work with
Applying for a job is often looked at from the perspective of ‘will this person be a good fit for our company?’ But what a lot of people forget is that it’s equally as important to ask the question ‘is this company a good fit for me?’
You can learn a lot from a phone conversation, and you may be able to build up a good picture of whether or not you’d get a long with the manager. Do they sound passionate about the role and the company they work for? Do they sound uninterested and lacking in enthusiasm?
Ultimately you will never really know if the manager is going to be someone you enjoy working with, so don’t be completely put off from sending in your CV if the phone call or e-mail doesn’t go very well. However, it will at least give you some more perspective if you have other options.