Job Search Strategies: Find the Hiring Manager

By Debra Wheatman

On October 1, 2010

In Job Search Strategies

About career advice


Part 2 of 3

This is the 2nd segment in a 3 part series that includes some of the best ways to identify the names of hiring managers. In our last segment, we discussed various methods for creating a list of the companies you would like to work for.

  • While sending your resume blindly to the attention of Human Resources is the easiest way to go, but it’s not likely to yield the best results.
  • A better strategy for getting noticed is to address your resume to the attention of a specific person.
  • Ideally you will want to identify the name or names of any and all potential hiring managers within each target company.

By now, you are probably wondering how to go about doing this? If you are not sales savvy, here are a few proven tricks to help you identify prospective managers.

  1. Within each corporate website for most mid-sized and larger firms, there is usually an ‘About Us’ page with a link to the management team. Most hiring managers hold C-level, VP Level, or Director level titles. Generally speaking, the top level managers within the company will be listed here.
  2. Another excellent way to identify potential hiring authorities is to use LinkedIn. Many people are unaware that by joining certain LinkedIn groups you can gain access to high level executives that might otherwise not be in your network. It’s free and it can provide you with some excellent resources.
  3. To figure out which groups on LinkedIn are best, you can run a search under the company name for people and then look to see what groups they are also members of.

There are many other creative ways to uncover the names of potential hiring managers.

Not only do we offer resume services, we offer comprehensive coaching to assist our clients in using social media and internet resources to obtain the job of their dreams.

In the next part of our series “3 Phenomenal Tricks to Land Your Dream Job”, we explore ways to get those hiring managers to notice your resume above all others.

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