Follow up is an often overlooked part of a job search. You may be so focused on sending resumes that you neglect to follow up with people who help you, show interest in you, and interview you. Here are a few follow-up reminders. Most of these actions are easy for even the shyest and most introverted job
|Follow up in your job search to|
stand out and get hired.
- Send a thank-you note via e-mail or regular mail to everyone who helps you in your job search and to everyone who interviews you for a job.
- Be sure to follow up with employers after interviews. Ask about next steps and any other questions they may have. Express strong interest in the job. If you want the job, say so! If you feel intimidated by the idea of making this phone call, write a script and practice it until it sounds natural. Then take a deep breath and make the call.
- Record all follow-up actions and appointments on your calendar or smartphone. If you promise to send an employer your references or examples from your portfolio, for example, be sure to do so. If you promise to take someone out to lunch for helping with your resume, don’t forget to do it. (I am still waiting for a few lunches.)
- During an extended job search, consider recontacting potential employers and others in your network. They may know of new opportunities.
Following up may mean the difference between getting a job and not getting one. Following up will help employers remember you over the competition. Employers view candidates who follow up as more assertive, more energetic, and more on the ball! And it’s so easy!