Who's Who: Getting Your Resume into the Right Hands

Who's Who: Getting Your Resume into the Right Hands

By Caroline M.L. Potter, Yahoo! HotJobs

A well-crafted resume is important, but if it doesn't land in the right hands, it's useless.

"Many people ask me if they should send their resumes to a company's human resources department," says New York City-based career coach Deborah Brown-Volkman. "My answer is always, 'No!' Human resource departments are set up to screen you out; this goes against your goal of getting into a company."

Abandon your old tactics of blindly sending out your resume; rather, Brown-Volkman says, "You want to contact your future boss." Use these steps to make sure your resume's journey doesn't go awry.

1. Start Your Search Online

Depending on the size of a company and how elaborate its corporate Web site is, you may be able to find the name of your potential supervisor online. "Company Web sites include links to what the company does, its philosophy, news stories, press releases, annual reports, the company's management team and more," says Brown-Volkman. "All of this information is widely available -- all you have to do is sift through it."

2. Identify the 'Right' Right Person

You may be able to find a company directory, but now you'll need to determine who your best target truly is. "You are searching for the highest person in an organizational chart whom you would report to," Brown-Volkman says. "Find someone who already has your desired title and work your way up. Whether you would be working for this person directly or not does not matter." If you're still not sure, aim high. "Go as high as you can go, even if that means to the head of the company," she says. "You would much rather have your resume passed down, than thrown out (or filed) by someone who does not understand what you do."

3. Be Persistent

If you strike out online, you're going to have get on the phone to find out who might be your future boss. "Call the company's main line and ask for the name of the individual who heads a particular department -- it's that simple," says Brown-Volkman. She urges job seekers not to give up until they receive the information they need.