Does it matter who sends your resume?

YES! It is extremely important that you know who sent your resume and when it was sent. One of the downfalls of working with numerous recruiters is that your resume can accidentally be sent to the same company twice. Some companies may disqualify you from the position if this happens as it makes you look unorganized.

It is important to keep meticulous track of where your resume has been sent, by whom it was sent, and when it was sent. Many job seekers do not know this, but when I recruiter sends your resume over to a company for a position, that recruiter typically has “ownership” of that resume for anywhere from 6 months to 1 year. This is why you want to be certain you always know who is sending your resume and that you only work with recruiters that are looking out for your best interests.

It can hurt your chances of getting a job if your resume is sent to the same company by two different parties. This is why I recommend putting together an Excel spreadsheet that lists all of the following information:

The date your resume was sent.
Who sent your resume (ie. you, an agency etc…).
The company your resume was sent to.
The position your resume was submitted for.

If you keep track of this information it will help you to avoid confusion with the company and/or the agency you are working with and it will make you look like you are on top of your game. Both the company and the agency will appreciate it. It will also help you if you want to resubmit your resume for another position within the same company. If you have this information you can mention it in your cover letter that your resume was submitted for another position on XYZ date.

Network your way into your next job!

If you are someone who is looking for a job, you are probably spending a lot of your time applying to positions on-line.  This can begin to feel rote and even tedious. Leverage time spent in front of the computer by not only applying for positions on-line, but also by using social networking sites such as www.facebook.com, www.twitter.com, and www.linkedin.com to update your community on what is happening in your job search. Instead of primarily using these sites for personal use, begin to use them to tell your community you are looking for a job and to utilize their help in your search for a new position. You could post a comment such as “Just had a great interview” or “Trying to get into X Company.” By using your network, you are increasing your visibility and broadening your group of contacts which can lead to opportunities you may have not otherwise been aware of.

In addition to using on-line networking tools, you can attend FREE networking events that could lead to potential interviews. One of these types of events is called Pink Slip Mixers. By attending a mixer you are no longer just your resume, you can get valuable face time with both recruiters and potential employers. Maximize your time by bringing copies of your resume, and business cards, which can easily be attained through websites such as www.vistaprint.com

Check the Pink Slip Mixers website for upcoming events throughout the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas:

http://pinkslipmixers.com/