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A sneak peek at the slidedeck from Crash Course on Careers, presented by UBC Career Services on May 11 and 18. Register now at careers.ubc.ca.

A sneak peek at the slidedeck from Crash Course on Careers, presented by UBC Career Services on May 11 and 18. Register now at careers.ubc.ca.

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  • 1. crash courseon careers
    a sneak peek
    careers.ubc.ca
  • 2. FOLLOWING UP:
    PERSISTENCE OR PETULANCE?
  • 3. Common Challenge # 1
    Situation
    Employers send out an auto-response after you submit your application
    AND/OR
    Days go by and you haven’t been called by “Dream Company” for an interview
    Strategy
    Wait 5 business days after submitting your application to hear back
    Follow up with a phone call or email to restate your interest in the job
  • 4. Common Challenge # 2
    Situation
    Employers ask you to submit your application to a generic address: careers@dreamcompany.com
    Strategy
    Find someone to follow up with at the company.
    When you speak with them, or send an email, ask if they’ve decided yet who will be interviewed.
    If not, be prepared to share your top 3 reasons why you should be.
  • 5. The rules of follow-up
    • It can take people up to 5 business days to respond to voice mail or email. Be patient.
    • 6. Be consistent. Follow up again if you have yet to hear back.
    • 7. Try to mix up your method of following up. Phone calls or emails are appropriate.
    • 8. *** If the employer has said “NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE” consider that a warning – try an email instead.
  • Finding someone to follow up with
    Call the general line and ask who is responsible for hiring this particular role
    Ask for their email address and phone number. You can also ask if that person has a preference for phone calls or emails
    Try using sites like LinkedIn to search through a company profile for the Human Resources staff
    Some of these staff will openly post their email addresses on this site, or on the company’s website
    Avoid following up to general inboxes, e.g. jobs@company.ca. They are often filled with applicants and spam.
  • 9. Sample follow-up email
  • 10. The realities of job search
    Most candidates do not follow up
    Even more are concerned that following-up is being “too aggressive”
  • 11. From the employers point of view…
    They have a large stack of unknown people
    Hiring is time consuming and can be risky
    There is less risk and less time if a company already knows about a potential candidate
  • 12. crash course
    May 11 – for Science students
    May 18 – for Arts students
    Tickets:
    $10 before May 2
    $15 after May 2
    Get more information and
    buy your ticket at
    careers.ubc.ca