You sent the resume and cover letter, and you've been waiting and waiting but no one has called. Does this sound familiar? I bet it does .... that's what most job seekers do. I call those "passive" job seekers because they simply wait for things to happen, instead of making things happen.
Let's take a look at a few things you can do to make things happen for you!
1. First, pick up the phone and call the company - start with the Human Resources Department. Verify if they did, indeed, receive your resume. Maybe they didn't; offer to resend it via fax, e-mail, regular mail, drop it by the office!
If they have your resume, ask them where they are at in the interviewing stage. Perhaps they haven't even looked at resumes yet, let alone began interviewing. If you express interest, they are going to pull your resume out of the stack.
Find out if you can schedule a face-to-face or telephone interview with the HR Manager.
My best piece of advice is to find out who has the power to hire you, and go ahead and set up a meeting with this person... NOW. This means you are very interested in the job and company and aren't just "applying for a job."
Become aggressive. Do whatever it takes to start making connections in the company (ethically, of course).
Find out who you know who has connections to the company. Maybe your aunt or uncle has connections, your doctor, your lawyer, your next door neighbor, your tennis partner's wife's best friend's next door neighbor! Start making those links. This will enable you to speed up the process, and get your resume looked at now... You don't want your resume to go into the "Black Hole." If it does, it's more than likely forgotten forever.
The message is this... ethically do whatever it takes to get an "in" into the company by picking up the phone and calling people that work at the company, albeit it the HR Director, the person that would be your manager, the receptionist, the Customer Service Representative, etc. Communication is POWER. Pursuing job leads and following up on resumes and cover letters are absolutely paramount.
Be an investigator - conduct an investigation to find out who you need to send the resume and cover letter too, before you hit the send button, the fax button, or seal the envelope. It's imperative. Never send your resume/cover letter to "To Whom It May Concern." It's just too easy to find out information in this day and age.
If you need help with your resume and cover letter, contact me - JoAnn Nix, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-265-6901. With 8,000 resumes to my credit, I can help.