Any expert in job searching will tell you that the best offensive move you can make when applying to a job is finding a way to get your resume into the hands of the hiring manager directly via a trusted friend or employee. This beats out any online resume reader, application, email, or LinkedIn message. But finding the hiring manager and other covert strategies to getting your resume in the right hands might require what we’re calling “job search sleuthing.” And we’re giving you a few of the best sleuthing tips we have.

First, if you don’t know the hiring manager’s name, try these tactics to find it:

  • Try finding different versions of the job description around the web. When companies post on CareerBuilder or Monster, etc. they often don’t use the hiring managers’ names. But if the hiring manager or a department member posted the same job on an alumni board, they may have used the hiring manager’s full name. Search (in quotes to help accuracy) the job title and company name to find these job postings.

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