June 30, 2010
How to get a job at LUMEDX (and how not to)
There are job seekers who research company e-mail addresses and spam them with their resumes with the hopes of getting a job. These techniques won't help you land an interview with LUMEDX, a medical software company in Bellevue, says Josh Jozwik, a technical recruiter for the company.
Jozwik says job seekers need to avoid the traditional job-hunting techniques if they're looking to get an interview with his company. Here are other things he says job seekers should avoid:
Cover letters: Most cover letters sent to LUMEDX offer little or no value to Josh or his hiring team. Many cover letters he sees tend to be templates found on traditional resume books. If you're going to send a cover letter, Josh suggests you send a short paragraph and bullet list on how your accomplishments might meet the company's objectives. If there are shortcomings on your resume, this is the opportunity to address them.
Applying for every position listed: There is a misconception that if you send enough resumes to a company, you might get their attention. Applying for every position listed shows that you're desperate, you lack a sense of career direction, and are just trying to meet your unemployment numbers. Quality is more important than quantity, says Jozwik.
The number of resumes in LUMEDX's Applicant Tracking System (ATS) has grown by over 60 percent in the last two years alone. Josh and his team are inundated. While the openings are scarce, the techniques shared below can help you land an interview with his company:
LinkedIn introductions: Josh is connected to 90 percent of the staff in Bellevue. If you're hoping to get an informational meeting with the company, chances are you'll have to go through him. While you could use job boards or apply on the company's website directly, Jozwik is a big advocate of LinkedIn introductions. See if you know someone who can vouch for you and introduce you to the company.
LinkedIn discussions: Jozwik and his team monitor certain LinkedIn groups carefully and reach out to interesting participants. Visit Josh's profile, notice which groups he's a member of and join them. Review the questions and comments other members are posting on these groups and contribute your expertise. Your involvement can help you shine with LUMEDX and other corporations monitoring these sources.
Employee referral: While it's impossible for the company to look at every resume submitted for each position, they take their referrals seriously. In fact on their career site, they have a tool called "Are you LinkedIn: Do you know anyone at LUMEDX?" By clicking on this tool, you can see who you might already know who can introduce you to the company.
If you're a technology professional with medical experience and you use the techniques mentioned above, your odds have greatly increased in getting an interview with the company.
Karen Burns is the author of The Amazing Adventures of Working Girl, a career guide based on her 59 jobs over 40 years in 22 cities.
Kristen Fife is a senior recruiter, career mentor, blogger and resume consultant based in the Seattle area.
Lisa Quast is a certified career coach, mentor, business consultant, former corporate executive and author based in the Seattle area.
Randy Woods writes about job-search tools, networking techniques and other tips to help you land your dream job.
Matt Youngquist is the president of Career Horizons, a career counseling firm.
Natalie Singer is a Seattle writer, editor and small-business owner.
Michelle Goodman is the author of "My So-Called Freelance Life" and "The Anti 9-to-5 Guide."
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