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