Right way to reach out to hiring managers or recruiters?
I've been job hunting for 3 months now. I keep hearing from various sources (people I know or resources like Work It Daily) that you have to get around the application systems since so few people get surfaced organically through these, and to do personal outreach to recruiters and/or hiring managers.
But so far in my experience, the only success I have had has been the few places where I have an existing connection to the company. Besides that, I have applied to probably 20 jobs and have tried many variations of the suggested thoughtful outreach - request an LI connection with the recruiter, InMail, figure out their email, figure out the hiring manager and contact them through LI or an email. Always being very polite, respectful, and just trying once (not going after repeat or multiple methods). Asking for feedback, not asking to get an interview or for a timeline. Explaining what I can bring, but without acting perfect or obnoxious.
But not a single instance of this has been successful. I have had the occasional accepting of a connection request when I've tried that method, but never any response to my follow up. Is this really a tactic that can work? What am I doing wrong?
As an aside, as a hiring manager myself, I have never once had anyone contact me directly about a job, but that's neither here nor there - if someone did reach out to me I feel like I would at least respond even it was to direct them to the recruiter, but I'm not even getting that/any responses.
I'm getting a little frustrated at not even getting responses from people. Also fwiw, my resume and cover letters have been reviewed and vetted by some people in my industry and I feel good about them so I don't THINK that's the issue.
Thanks for any advice!!