I think the power of a phone call is sometimes underestimated. Today many companies rely on some sort of online portal to screen applicants. Candidates may feel limited to online interaction to communicate with employers. What they may not see is that often business receive hundreds of replies from people applying for the same job, maybe with similar experience. Calling a perspective employer can help set a candidate apart: it and may give them a chance to express why they are qualified, interested, or to demonstrate their personality
That's a great point...I wonder how many candidates bypass making a simple phone and rely upon email only?
I also agree with placing a phone call to the company to get an interview and also depending on the company actually visiting the facility so that they can put a face to the resume. Sometimes it actually works in your favor because the Interviewer has some additional time and can give you an interview on the spot. What also might be beneficial is that even if you dont get an oppurtunity to speak with someone about an interview you can talk to the administrative assitant to see if she can give you any information about who would be best to talk with, what is the best time to come etc.....
I couldn't agree more with both of these suggestions! Completing an application online or submitting a resume via email is perfectly fine, but FOLLOW UP. If you haven't heard back from someone within a few days, just give a friendly call to the facility and check the status of your application. Sometimes, you can even use a bit of flattery by saying something like, "I completed the online application on your website which was very efficient, by the way, but I just wanted to ensure that I submitted everything properly. Would you mind checking in your system to ensure that it was received?"
And yes, depending on the company, I also agree that a visit to the actual business could also be helpful. Ask for someone in authority such as the Manager on duty or someone from the Human Resources department. As always, come dressed and prepared for an interview (bring copies of your resume, references, identification, etc.) just in case they offer you an interview on the spot. If no one is available, take the extra step and inquire as to who would be the best person to ask for and/or when is the best time to return. Take the initiative...that speaks volumes and will typically get the attention of the hiring personnel.