It’s worth it to reply to a job post! Don’t lose heart.

11 07 2013

Hello Everyone,

I want to encourage you all to not lose heart in your job search.

As the KIT List founder, I get emails from so many KIT List people who’ve gotten one — and even two or three! — jobs from the KIT List over the years.

So it’s worth it to reply to a job that interests you!

Since we are smaller than the huge job boards (we have 70,000 people in our KIT List community), your odds are so much better with the recruiters and employers who post with us. And many jobs are only posted here.

If you qualify for about 80% of the job requirements…GO FOR IT!

I’ve asked recruiters and employers about the long list of job requirements in many posts (often what seems like an impossible list!). Yet they say that if you match about 80%, that they’ll consider you. Don’t rule yourself out before even trying!

Important:
Take the time to write a brief cover email providing a few key points about why you’re a great fit for that SPECIFIC job (please avoid the generic, “Here’s my resume” or worse yet, no personal note!). If you capture their interest, they’ll look at your resume. It’s a good idea to include your resume in the body of your email so they can get to it quickly.

It’s smart to customize your resume to highlight your skills and expertise that will help that company solve their problems by hiring YOU!

Also, the spirit of this list is “friends helping friends.” If something is a good fit for a friend, forward it to them. The ripple effect of this has gotten so many people into jobs they love.

Finally, if you don’t get a response, don’t lose hope.

Recruiters and HR folks are under tremendous workloads. Though they’d like to, they just don’t have the bandwidth to get back to everyone. I saw a recent discussion on a Recruiter forum that recruiters were puzzled why they didn’t hear back for jobs they were applying and interviewing for THEMSELVES. They thought that as recruiters, they would at least get a response as a professional courtesy from another recruiter.

In the Recruiter discussion, the main reason for the “no response” problem was that the recruiters said they were so buried themselves. They are under the gun to fill jobs quickly, and with fewer resources than ever.

Job search is uncomfortable for all of us, but don’t give up and just know that the next job you apply for might just be the job you land!

Hang in there and keep helping each other!

— Sue

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24 07 2013
William Madaras

I have just lost my job and I don’t need to tell anyone the horror of job loss, particularly during the summer. What has been helping me are the advanced features on LinkedIn. I have used LinkedIn for years, but not the advanced features. Now I receive responses from 6-8 out of 10 contacts. There is a free seminar anyone can attend to find out more.

LinkedIn Subscriptions invites you to participate as an attendee in the following online training session:

Topic: LinkedIn – Premium Accounts
Host: LinkedIn Subscriptions
Date: Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Time: 11:00 am, Pacific Daylight Time (San Francisco, GMT-07:00)
Registration ID: 325402
Session number: 926 386 526
Session password: learning

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To join the session
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1. Go to https://linkedin.webex.com/linkedin/k2/j.php?ED=153902962&UID=1622016152&rid=1&HMAC=6e460480a134598cb7c5cdd9c66ff851e1f89743&RT=MiM0
2. Enter your name and email address (or registration ID).
3. Enter the session password: learning
4. Click “Join Now”.
5. Follow the instructions that appear on your screen.

Note: You can view more information about the session at https://linkedin.webex.com/linkedin/k2/j.php?ED=153902962&UID=1622016152&rid=1&HMAC=6e460480a134598cb7c5cdd9c66ff851e1f89743&RT=MiM0.

Sue Connelly

Hi William, I’m having email problems so I’m not sure if my email to you went…

Jul 21 (3 days ago)

William Madaras

Sure, Sue!

Jul 21 (3 days ago)

William Madaras

At the risk of feeling like an idiot, I can’t see how to post this. Can you g…

Jul 21 (3 days ago)

Sue Connelly

Jul 21 (3 days ago)

to me

Hi William,

Thanks so much for being willing to do that!

Here’s the link to the actual post:

https://kitlist.wordpress.com/2013/07/11/its-worth-it-to-reply-to-a-job-post-dont-lose-heart/

Then you can click on the “Leave a Reply”

button and write your comment. At least that’s what I see using my iPhone!

Let me know if that works for you!

Also, may I post your message on the KIT Resources email list? That’s where I post job tips and career resources.

Thanks so much!

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I have just lost my job and I don’t need to tell anyone the horror of job loss, particularly during the summer. What has been helping me are the advanced features on LinkedIn. I have used LinkedIn for years, but not the advanced features. Now I receive responses from 6-8 out of 10 contacts. There is a free seminar anyone can attend to find out more.

LinkedIn Subscriptions invites you to participate as an attendee in the following online training session:

Topic: LinkedIn – Premium Accounts
Host: LinkedIn Subscriptions
Date: Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Time: 11:00 am, Pacific Daylight Time (San Francisco, GMT-07:00)
Registration ID: 325402
Session number: 926 386 526
Session password: learning

——————————————————-
To join the session
——————————————————-
1. Go to https://linkedin.webex.com/linkedin/k2/j.php?ED=153902962&UID=1622016152&rid=1&HMAC=6e460480a134598cb7c5cdd9c66ff851e1f89743&RT=MiM0
2. Enter your name and email address (or registration ID).
3. Enter the session password: learning
4. Click “Join Now”.
5. Follow the instructions that appear on your screen.

Note: You can view more information about the session at https://linkedin.webex.com/linkedin/k2/j.php?ED=153902962&UID=1622016152&rid=1&HMAC=6e460480a134598cb7c5cdd9c66ff851e1f89743&RT=MiM0.

Sue Connelly

Hi William, I’m having email problems so I’m not sure if my email to you went…

Jul 21 (3 days ago)

William Madaras

Sure, Sue!

Jul 21 (3 days ago)

William Madaras

At the risk of feeling like an idiot, I can’t see how to post this. Can you g…

Jul 21 (3 days ago)

Sue Connelly

Jul 21 (3 days ago)

to me

Hi William,

Thanks so much for being willing to do that!

Here’s the link to the actual post:

https://kitlist.wordpress.com/2013/07/11/its-worth-it-to-reply-to-a-job-post-dont-lose-heart/

Then you can click on the “Leave a Reply”

button and write your comment. At least that’s what I see using my iPhone!

Let me know if that works for you!

Also, may I post your message on the KIT Resources email list? That’s where I post job tips and career resources.

Thanks so much!

Click here to Reply or Forward

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21 07 2013
Anonymous

Sue, thank you for your words of encouragment. It’s tough day to day to stay motivated, so your note was a friendly reminder to keep with it. I received a call from one of your job postings and I am waiting to hear back. Along the way though, I have met some GREAT new people and we have shared information. So, while this process is tough it is also inspirational. Sometimes God wants us to move out of being a creature of comfort and pursue something new. That’s how I look at this process. A friend just found a GREAT job, so success is out there! Good luck!

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13 07 2013
Kate Dumont

Hello all: please take Sue’s words of hope to heart. After over 700plus resumes sent (yes i tracked my replies by date and more) and several years of searching, I landed a contract and work with an excellent team last spring. Remember, you are between jobs and there is a future and you are in it. Kind regards, Kate

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