Responding to months-old want ads may be smarter than it sounds. Often, the hiring process stalls – the employer can’t decide on a candidate, gets busy with more urgent matters, or already fired the new hire. The employer may be reluctant to call back candidates months after the ad ran, embarrassed that so much time has passed or imagining that good candidates have already found employment. Then suddenly, your fresh application appears. Sometimes, the easiest thing is to interview you. To avoid appearing like a procrastinator who’s just now getting around to responding, send the letter you’d write to an employer who hadn’t listed a job opening.
What can you do today?
Go to the library and search through the Sunday employment listings from 60 to 90 days ago. Find at least two well-suited ads and respond to them immediately. You can also find old job listings on employment websites such as monster.com, hotjobs.com and careerbuilder.com.