Getting Ahead: Persistent Follow Up is Expected

Have you ever said to yourself, “I can’t follow up with this person, they’ll think I’m pushy”?


First, you can do anything you want… there are no rules except “I must do what I have to do to get the job.”

Second, can’t is a bad, bad word.  Didn’t your mother ever tell you that?

Third, do you really know this to be true?  I mean, there is such a fine line between being pushy and persistent.  Your definition is not the same as someone else. Push the line. Cross the line. If you screw up, learn… and adjust.

Lastly, do you really care what they think?  Why?

You can’t please everyone, nor should you try.  As a professional, you add value.  You are an asset to someone, to some company. But don’t be subservient. Come from a position of authority, power and humble confidence.

How would you feel if you went to buy a car and the salesperson started begging you to buy the car? You would disrespect that person, just like a recruiter might disrespect you if you don’t ask for what you really want.

If you want something, you have to do the hard work to pursue it. You must take risk.

Have you failed to do something, something you knew you should, because you were intimidated by what the other person might think?  Have you held yourself back because you were afraid of what someone might think? Let us know in the comments below, and let’s fix that!





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HannahAbout the Author: Hannah Morgan is a career sherpa, guiding new job seekers through the treacherous terrain of job search. If you are looking for no-nonsense advice, check out her site Career Sherpa, and follow Hannah on Twitter for the latest job search news and trends!



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