This was initially supposed to be a post on networking your way to a new position but while developing it suddenly changed focus to how to best do follow-up in recruitment.
Here is the situation: you are surfing job boards and companies and you find a position that tics all the boxes: tasks, industry, seniority and geographical location. You apply through the company recruitment application. Then normally that would be it, end of story and the waiting begins. And hopefully eventually this brings you a first direct contact.
But I normally take it one step further and try to find a direct contact and send of a direct mail just to attract some attention to my application.
My question is – is this a good idea? Or do I risk being considered as a nuisance and a bother and as a result my application is put in the big black box?
From my angle, by taking the contacts one step further, I show interest in the position and the company, or at least this is what I hope to convey. But recruiters and HR managers are busy people so it might be that I just manage to annoy and irritate. Or do I just send the message that I don’t trust my CV writing capabilities enough to be picked up in a data base?