Job Seekers: No One Ever Hires… a Stalker

You’re looking for a job. Or maybe more accurately: you really need a job… now.

You’ve tried everything, and it seems no one recognizes your potential; that you’d be a great employee… at any company, for any work! All you need is for someone to see you for what you are. Right?

Trouble is, they may already have seen the “real” you. If you’ve done any of the following, they – right or wrong – may already have classified you… as a “stalker”:

  • Applied online or in-person for the same job more than once
  • Called or emailed more than once in any 72 hour period to “check on your application”
  • Visited the Human Resources office on multiple occasions just to make sure they received your resume
  • Within one week of the in-person interview, called or emailed more than once to check on your status as a candidate
  • Left message after message after message for the recruiter… even though you’ve received no correspondence from the person that interviewed you

No one wants to hire a stalker.

Yes, you want to be perceived as eager, and passionate. However, you don’t want to cross the line and go from being perceived as a high-quality, professional candidate – to being placed in the stalker bucket. Follow these guidelines, and you’ll stay top of mind with the recruiter… without raising red flags:

While submitting your application and pursuing an interview:

  • Apply once online for only those jobs that meet your qualifications; do not apply repeatedly – trust us, the recruiter received your application
  • Follow-up by phone 72 hours after your application; express your interest and ask to speak directly with the hiring manager or recruiter
  • One week after the application was sent, follow up via snail-mail with a cover letter and high-quality resume
  • If you still don’t hear anything in return… accept the fact they are not interested – move on

After the interview:

  • Within 48 hours of the interview, send a digital thank you (email or DM tweet) expressing your interest
  • Within one business week, make one follow-up phone call to the recruiter
  • If you do not speak directly to the recruiter during that call, and do not hear from them within the next 48 hours after your initial call, send a snail-mail thank you card and succinctly state how you are a great fit for the company’s culture, and are the best candidate
  • If you still do not hear anything in return… accept the fact they are not interested

Be eager. Exhibit your passion. However, desperation is not a “soft skill” sought after by employers – so also show restraint, and professionalism. You’ll avoid the stalker label – and get that second interview, and a job!




About the Author: A passionate supporter of Gen Y talent, YouTern CEO Mark Babbitt is a serial entrepreneur and mentor. Mark has been quoted in Forbes, Mashable, ReadWriteWeb, and regarding internships, emerging talent and the current job market – and was recently honored to be named to GenJuice’s “Top 100 Most Desirable Mentors” list. Follow Mark on Twitter!



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