Unsolicited Resumes: Harmful or Helpful?

A well-written resume is as essential to landing a job as the right bait is to catching a fish. Are your efforts focused on writing the best kind of resume? Sending out unsolicited resumes, or resumes that are not directly written in response to an open job advertisement, has been a long-standing job search staple. Has this tactic outlived its usefulness? Before you submit an unsolicited resume to your next potential employer, consider whether you are harming or helping your chances for success.

They’re Harmful When…

You It Takes Too Much Time. To put it plainly, sending out unsolicited resumes is an outdated job hunting technique. While the digital age has made it easier for job seekers to connect with companies looking to hire, the Internet has overflowed the hiring pool. With so many applicants vying for the same positions, hiring managers have enough resumes to sort through with active openings, never mind taking time to pour over a stack of resumes that weren’t requested. Time is money, and sending out unsolicited resumes is isn’t the best way to spend the former to get the latter.

You Use Up Your Energy. Applying for jobs is stressful enough without exhausting yourself by sending out stacks of unsolicited resumes in addition to direct response CVs. Instead of letting your energy-meter drain, focus your energy on submitting resumes in response to open job ads. At least you will know that you have a greater probability of being called in for an interview.

You Deplete Your Resources. This is especially harmful for recent grads and the newly unemployed. Unless you submit all of your unsolicited resumes by email (and we’ll get to that in a moment), printing and mailing are not free services. Even if you print your documents from home, you still incur the cost of ink, paper, and postage fees. Don’t deplete your much needed resources when the likelihood of your resume being viewed, let alone considered, is near nil.

You Become a Spammer. You know those twinges of frustration you feel after receiving your fifth email forward, chain text message, or Facebook game request of the day? Hiring managers and your network of professional contacts will experience the same irritation if you flood their inboxes with inquiries into potential job openings. Unless you want to add DESPERATE to the top of your resume’s list of qualifications, avoid this technique.

They’re Helpful When…

Despite all of the reasons mounting up against sending out unsolicited resumes, pounding the pavement can be a benefit when you are adamant about working for a specific company. Have you dreamed of working for one particular employer for as long as you can remember? Did you fall in love with an industry-leading company you read about in college? If you can relay a personal experience with a business or your passion for a brand then forward your unsolicited resume with godspeed.

Do you swear by sending out unsolicited resumes or are they a waste of time? Share your thoughts, experiences and reactions in a comment below!

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Kimberly Back is the Content Division Manager at Virtual Vocations. Prior to beginning work with Virtual Vocations in 2012, Kimberly was a subscriber and advocate of Virtual Vocations' services. She has exclusively worked from home since 2009.

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