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How do you connect with and network into companies when their recruiters are nonresponsive?

Veteran

Casper Mireles Virginia Beach, VA

I've had this problem with several companies, but in particular, with a (large) company I am very interested in. Unfortunately, their veteran recruiter is unresponsive. I've reached out to other recruiters within that company and gotten zero responses. I've gone as far as reaching out to fellow veterans and had limited success. I'm not asking for a job or interview (I want to earn that). I'm just trying to establish connections with people so that they can get to know me on a professional level and as I begin to apply, they might be willing to advocate for me with hiring managers. What am I doing wrong or have any other veterans experienced this problem?

31 January 2020 5 replies Networking

Answers

Advisor

Jerry Welsh Middleville, MI

First I agree with Steve, your profiles does not list what career you wish to search for. A company does not try to slot you into a position they think you may fit, you tell them what career field you are looking at and then they see where you might fit. You have a Black Belt, that should be in your TAG line, are you interested in Process Improvement or Operational Efficiencies.
Have you looked a people in this company on LinkedIn, reached out to network with them? Steve indicated professional meetings are great places to meet people also. The recruiter can not tell what you want to do, their role is not to search your vast experience and find a position to fit you in. Senior military see their vast experience as a positive, recruiters slot people. In order for you to make some head way, what slot are you willing to look at? Then start getting to know folks via professional meetings or professional interchanges on LinkedIn. Thanks for your service. God Bless Here are some items you might find helpful.
Good examples of “to the point” profiles are Mark Broc, PMP, SSGB, SrumMaster, Domonick Steward, Information Technology Specialist | ISSO | Security+ and Jack Eisenhauer, Global Supply Chain. All have had long careers, but emphasized experiences and accomplishments that offer examples of the career they are searching for.
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/transitioning-veterans-how-where-do-i-find-my-value-military-welsh/ https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/linkedin-profile-transitioning-service-members-portal-jerry-welsh/

Advisor

Bob Molluro Wilmington, DE

Unfortunately you have not found the right person to get you in the door. Here is where perseverance will pay off. Since you have zeroed in on the company try to find as many opportunities to network with their employees. Tell everyone who will listen your story as it only takes one. Let me give you an example. My son in law Mike was the top US sales person for a French company. They decided to disband their US operations. Mike who was well compensated had a difficult time finding comparable opportunities. He followed my advice and told everyone his story. One day he met a man at a lunch counter. After their conversation this man said , "I know a Billionaire who could use a guy with your skills and experiences." The long story short is Mike got hired, proved himself again and is now a partner with well over $500,000 in annual compensation. It took Mike over six months to make the initial connection and I am sure he would tell you to don't give up.

Advisor

Henry ("Dr. Hank") Stevens Fort Lauderdale, FL

As a recruiter and H-R Director for many years, I DO understand!

As there is a POSSIBILITY that something is wrong in your resume, the suggestion to have an ACP pro review it (ADOLT's suggestion) is a great idea! I endorse that!

So . . . . I will not dwell on that idea; however . . . consider a different tactic, versus a frontal attack. That is, do some target acquisition by identifying someone just senior to the position you are after and seek an "informational interview" with him/her. If it goes well, s/he will ask you for a resume and with that friend behind the lines, s/he will become your in-house advocate.

Advisor

Chad Eaves Lake Zurich, IL

Hello Casper,

As with any situation, it's a good idea to get in touch with the decision-maker(s). Most of the time recruiters are gatekeepers. On your LinkedIn profile I see where you attended a PMP event. Getting involved in one or more professional associations (such as PMI) will help meet people and bypass recruiters.

You may also want to look into Association of Change Management Professionals (ACMP). Ultimately, being in a position where someone asks for your resume is a far stronger position versus submitting them online and competing against an algorithm and keywords.

It's more work to get out and meet people, for sure - but you get to shine with potential decision-makers or influencers instead of hoping a recruiter likes your profile.

Regards,
Chad

Veteran

Steve Adolt Lancaster, PA

Casper,

This sounds incredibly frustrating and I've seen it happen a number of times with folks before I was asked to coach and mentor them.

In looking at your LinkedIn profile, I believe I can show you some quick changes you can make and a few different approaches you can take to improve your hit rate.

If you'd like to have this discussion, send me a copy of your current resume and I'll send you a link to my calendar so you can schedule a time that's good for you.

Hope to hear from you soon.

--Steve

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