Targeted Resume Distribution FAQs

The following FAQs provide an overview of how the targeted resume distribution service works and the potential benefits and expectations you can expect from this job search strategy.

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You should view the distribution as a way to make contacts in the recruiting world and network with recruiters interested in your background. Being in touch with recruiters in your space is a good job-hunting strategy. Sometimes, it can result in immediate interviews for specific assignments, but often, it is a start in the networking process that can result in interviews and jobs — but this process takes place over time, not instantly. Therefore, think of this service as a long-term investment and one of many strategies you use in addition to other higher-ROI strategies, such as LinkedIn networking, company target list, and informational interviewing In our job search coaching engagements, we advise our clients to connect with recruiters who have looked at their LinkedIn profile but may not have sent a note asking for more information.
Our database of executive search firms and staffing agencies contains information on 16,000+ US and Canadian firms and 38,000+ key contacts with 99% of the recruiter records have email addresses. Executive search firms work to fill management positions at top companies across the US and abroad, while personnel agencies work to fill professional, technical, and administrative roles at companies. The recruiters in our database are hired and paid by companies to fill roles.
Our database of VC/PE companies contains information on 2,600+ firms and 9,100+ key contacts, with 99% of the records containing email addresses. VC/PE professionals work with senior-level job hunters to run these rapidly growing companies. If you are interested in startup environments, this is an excellent service to complement a resume writing engagement.
When you engage us in a targeted resume distribution service, you receive a data file as a CSV or a TSV file to use in Excel or Word. We include all the contact data we have for the recruiters (or venture capital/private equity professionals) you select. The CSV/TSV data file includes the company name, recruiter's first/last name, title, company address, telephone number, and email address.
The specific number of resumes sent out depends on the industries, positions, and desired salary you choose. The counts can be substantial since you are choosing from a database of more than 48,000 recruiters. Typically, a distribution is sent to between 1,000 and 2,000 recruiters.
The email is sent from your email address, and replies go back to your email address. The emails look like you sent out each email and attached your resume yourself from your own email account.
Recruiters work for companies, not for job hunters. These targeted mailings are only one piece of a job hunt. We make it easy to send them out. But like any targeted marketing campaign, they depend in part on serendipity. The mailings are done with the intent (and the hope) that your credentials cross a recruiter’s desk at the same time s/he has an assignment that matches your credentials.
Sadly, you must do all those other (and very time-consuming things) like calling all your friends and relatives (and all their friends and relatives!), checking job boards, making executive changes, and answering ads. Resume distribution is an important tool, but no job hunter can rely on resume distribution alone in a job hunt.
Recruiters work to connect job hunters with employers nationwide. A recruiter in Los Angeles or New York or Dallas or Atlanta could be working on an assignment in Chicago. The recruiter will contact you if you are a match for the assignment, regardless of location. If you are location-restricted, state that in your cover letter. But even if you cannot relocate, becoming known to recruiters in your field is a good job-hunting strategy.
The emails we send out on your behalf are individually addressed to the recruiters in your subset. Each email is sent to a specific email address, and the email looks like a formal business email, addressed to specific recruiters with a “Dear Mr./Ms. Last Name” or “Dear First Name” salutation.
You will start getting replies almost immediately after we send out your emails. Some auto-responses, some out-of-office responses, and hopefully some replies asking for more information. Emailing to recruiters is a process. It could be that recruiters have nothing that matches your background now but could have future assignments that do. You must keep in touch with those recruiters who send you personal notes. First, reply to these notes with a “thank you, and please keep me in mind” email. Then, every month or so, you should send email notes to these recruiters saying you are still in the market and seeing if any new assignments would work for you. Like any marketing campaign, follow-up is very important. The distribution should be viewed as a way to make contacts in the recruiting world. Being in touch with recruiters in your specialty is a good job-hunting strategy. Sometimes, it can result in immediate interviews for specific assignments, but often, it is a start in the networking process that can result in interviews and jobs — but this process takes place over time, not instantly.
Yes. You can opt into both of our databases to explore Board of Director opportunities:
  • Recruiter: Board of Directors and senior management are position categories you can choose when specifying your targeted distribution. Most senior-level recruiters recruit board members, even if they do not mention it as a specialty. If they have a good client, that client will turn to them for all sorts of positions, even those not in their specialties – and especially board members.
  • Venture Cap/PE: This database is useful for senior-level executives looking to run portfolio companies. This database can also be used to seek positions as a board member of these same portfolio companies.