- Sometimes you do want to limit your opportunities to the fields that really interest you. Primack suggests using Monster’s “Additional information” box to indicate fields in which you have no interest and state that you don’t wish to be contacted by employers in these areas.
An additional tip from Shanna Kemp is to title your resume appropriately since Monster allows resume titles. “As an employer or recruiter on the search end… I ignore all resumes that don’t seem relevant immediately — and if I find someone better first, never go back,” Kemp writes.
Q: I find that very few employers even acknowledge my application. It’s also difficult to follow up with them because of minimal information about the employer in the posting. What can I do?
A: Attempt to follow up.
Many users report that they get no response whatsoever — not even an acknowledgement that their materials were received — when they respond to job postings on the big boards. Again, the massive number of candidates inundating employers with their resumes sometimes precludes a response. But smart companies know that it costs almost nothing to at least set up an e-mail autoresponder to thank job-seekers for applying.
If you hear nothing from an employer, you should try to follow up, which isn’t always easy. Indeed, it can be very difficult to direct your resume to a named individual or to follow up after responding to a job posting. Because of the huge volume of responses that employers receive — often thousands for a single job posting — the hiring process has become very mechanized and much more impersonal than it used to be. Whereas job-seekers have long been advised (including here at Quintessential Careers) to address their cover letters to a named individual, preferably the hiring manager for the position sought, Internet job postings often omit the name of an individual to write to. When job-seekers call the company to obtain the name of someone to address, the information is often not divulged. Without the name of someone to write to, it’s also very difficult to follow up after applying online for a job. To find out with whom you should follow up, you can try the techniques in our article, SleuthingOut Hiring Managers Is Key to Job-Search Follow-up.