While we live in the digital age where immediate information and feedback is the norm, that is not quite how the hiring process works.
So follow up after you submit a resume and after a job interview requires a delicate balance of assertiveness, respect for your contact’s time – and patience.
To help you find that balance, here are seven tips to help build a solid job search follow up strategy:
1. Follow Up After an Interview Within 24 Hours
Ideally within the same day if it was an early meeting and you have enough time to respond before the close of business. Anything else, and a recruiter may assume you are not interested.
2. Ask (Don’t Demand) for the Opportunity to Interview
Tact and respect must be shown within every communication. “I welcome the opportunity to discuss my qualifications and the needs of the position in more depth,” sounds more tactful than “Please call me at your earliest convenience to setup an interview.”
3. If the Job Posting says “Please, no phone calls”…
Then respect the recruiter’s time and space by not calling them. HR folks are busy, and preferable application instructions such as this are stated for a reason. For instance, the ability to follow directions may be the first filter engaged by the employer.
4. Respect Stated Timelines
If after an interview the recruiter or hiring manager informs you they will be in touch with you by the end of the week regarding next steps, allow them the opportunity to meet that commitment. Of course, this does not apply to your thank you note… see No. 1. above. Only after the recruiter has missed that commitment should you reach out again to restate your interest and request an update.
5. Follow the 1-2-3 Call Rule
If the recruiter or hiring manager doesn’t respond to call 1, make call 2 in 3 business days. Do not feel the need to bring up that they did not answer you the first time. Instead, bring the conversation back around to why you’re a good fit for the role.
6. Ask for Feedback when Appropriate
If you weren’t extended an offer to proceed to the next round, and the hiring manager made it a point to let you know this personally via email or a phone call, ask them if any additional feedback was provided. If you received a non-personalized email that obviously went to several candidates, see No. 7 below.
7. Sometimes, It’s Just Not Meant to Be
In today’s ultra-connected job market, reputation is everything. So never, ever respond to a rejection letter in a negative manner. And while hiring managers won’t always remember the candidates they come in contact with, they most certainly will remember the ones who rub them the wrong way.
Communication and reputation during follow up is just as much a part of your personal brand as your resume, your social media presence, and LinkedIn. Each of these things defines your value and integrity as a job seeker. Bring your best game, but also be willing to play by the rules (most of the time).
Most important: remember that executing an effective job search strategy – and exhibiting professional patience – can make or break your chances at snagging an interview, or even an offer!
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About the Author: Dana Leavy founded Aspyre Solutions, focusing on small business development and career consulting. Her mission is to support creative and socially-conscious small businesses, through career transition coaching and business consulting for creative professionals and entrepreneurs.
Dana has helped hundreds of professionals in advertising, marketing, design and other industries execute effective career plans to find and DO the work they are passionate about. She has presented seminars on navigating careers, transition and work-life balance to several colleges and universities, and her advice has been featured on MSN Careers, Fox Business News, NewsDay, CareerBuilder.com, GlassDoor and About.com. Follow Dana on Twitter!