Job Seekers: It’s Time to Level the Playing Field

Guest Author: Lorraine Russo

Job seekers, the time has come to ‘level the playing field’. It’s time for you to identify and directly contact the hiring managers for the positions you are seeking.

By now, a lot of press has been given lately to the plight of job seekers: applying for jobs and hearing…..absolutely nothing. Recruiters, on the other hand, remain overwhelmed and cannot respond to each and every (or any) application they receive.

Job boards, corporate career sites, they’re all the same: click the ‘apply now button’, spend countless (and useless) hours jumping through their application process hoops, all for naught.

We say, enough is enough.

We’ve written extensively here about this situation, and it seems the recruiting and staffing “experts” are (finally) hearing us. These folks are now chiming in on the complete uselessness of job seekers blindly applying for jobs in the hope that someone–anyone–will see their resume and respond. (In fact, I was pleased to see a reference to the Fortune magazine article I wrote about recently.)

The “experts” are now discussing the Resume Black Hole syndrome, another topic on which we have written extensively. Hmmm…perhaps they’ve been lurking here and learning a thing or two! By the way, these posts can be found under the ‘Commentary’ link at the top of the screen.)

These experts say: “Hopefully, many of them will figure out that submitting blindly is a waste of everyone’s time. Perhaps if they [job seekers] had more tools to level the playing field as an alternative to simply caving to an employer’s recruiting process, otherwise known as the Black Hole Syndrome.”

Nice to see some validation, I suppose. But for the reader here, let’s start doing things in a whole new way. For now, forget about branding, perfect covers letters, career coaching, and the like (that will come later). You’ve seen those folks on Larry King and other shows touting their expertise on how to find a job. While their advice IS helpful at some level, it doesn’t lend much to the job search process if you can’t get in front of a hiring manager!

So, let’s do something a bit more radical, something that will be more of a help to you than the advice coming from the TV career coaches.

We’re going to give you those tools the experts say job seekers need to level the playing field. We’re going to start naming names and help you connect with the PEOPLE behind the openings.

To get started, here’s what you need to do:
  Stop applying blindly for jobs–whether on the boards or corporate career sites. All you’re doing is talking to a company’s applicant tracking system, which doesn’t want to hire you anyway.
  Take your resume off the boards. Recruiters aren’t looking for you there…only the spammers are finding you.
  Add comments under this article and note where you want to apply (e.g., company name, position, location, etc.). (Note: you’ll need to register with The Underground Job Network but your email will not appear…promise!)

And this is what we’ll do:

Based on your search requests, we’ll show you how and where to find the names and contact information of the hiring managers or recruiters at the companies at which you wish to apply. Doing this will definitely “level the playing field” and change the rules of the game.


Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.

6 comments on “Job Seekers: It’s Time to Level the Playing Field”

  1. CBS Radio Reply

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  2. Lorraine Reply

    While a well-written cover ketter is important, it doesn't do much good if no one gets to read it. You have to break through and get your credentials in front of a hiring manager.

  3. ICT Reply

    Very often, your cover letter will be the first thing that a recruiter looks at when he sits down to do that all-important first sift. It is your first opportunity to leave a lasting and favorable impression and as such it should work every bit as hard as your resume, if not more so, to convince him that you are the best match for the job. Remember, the employer is looking for a really outstanding candidate and if your cover letter is in any way sub-standard or does nothing to tempt him into reading your resume, then he will not waste any further time on your application.

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