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  • Step 4: Find the Target Person

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    At this point, you have the foundation of your job search email all laid out. You have easy access to your resume, cover letter, and all the relevant information about the job and about your prior contact with the company. Find the Target Person in your job search
    Yet, there are a still few missing pieces.

    In this post, we’re going to talk about how to fill those gaps in your Job Search Follow-up Email by finding the Target Person.

    In a previous post, we talked about how the internet can hinder an effective job search. The Internet acts as a barrier between you and your target.

    When you upload your resume and cover letter to XYZ Corporation’s website, or email your application to, you are lucky if even get an automatically generated response acknowledging that your application was received. If that is as far you go with your efforts, then chances are strong that this is the last you will hear from XYZ Corporation. Your application could become one of hundreds of daily entries into a database or someone’s mailbox.

    Sadly, you can never be sure that there is a human being on the other end reading your application. The target hiring person

    This is why you must extend your reach to the Target Person. The Target Person is the human being responsible for hiring for your position. Instead of relying on the same channels everyone else uses, you must establish direct contactwith the Target Person. Locating the Target Person takes research.

    Through the Internet and phone calls directly to your target company, find the name, address, phone number and email address of the person who is actually responsible for hiring for your position. When searching the company’s website, use keywords such as “employment”, “careers,” “jobs”, “hiring”, “human resources”, “HR”, or “positions”.

    When calling the company’s switchboard, try saying, “I am hoping you can help me. I am interested in speaking with the person responsible for hiring for a (sales, production, management, etc) position. Can you tell me the name of the person responsible for hiring for that position? Is there an email address I can use?”

    If they transfer you to someone else, do the same thing again. Use a friendly voice and sincerely ask for help. You will be surprised at how many nice, helpful people there are out there. The most important thing is to be persistent. Eventually you will find someone willing and able to help you.

    If the position is attractive enough, consider visiting the company and befriending the receptionist. Bringing candy or flowers is a time honored tactic, and can be very effective in unlocking closely held secrets, such as, “Who is my target person?”
    Audacity can be needed to find target hiring person

    Creativity, resourcefulness and an amount of audacity will come in very handy when you are on your mission to locate and contact the Target Person.

    Once you have all the necessary information on your Target Person, add it to your job search reminder email. Now you’re just about ready to establish a direct line of communication with the Target Person. In doing so, you will add huge additional value to your job application, and will you boost your chances dramatically.

    Next time, we’ll talk about how to use this contact information and increase your value in a section called “Program Your Follow-Ups.”

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