The Importance of Follow-Up in Your Search for a Job

bigstock Thank You Note 944066 300x199 The Importance of Follow Up in Your Search for a JobYou’re ready to make an executive career change and find a new better-paying job. You’ve brushed up on your networking skills and landed interviews with important executives in your field. Your search for a job appears to be going well.

But there’s one mistake that could scuttle your efforts to find new work: not following up on job interviews.

Follow-Up Matters

There is one thing you should do after every job interview: You should send a personalized thank-you note to every person in that interview.

This serves two purposes: It tells managers and executives that you are a thoughtful, kind person. And it provides a reminder that you’re still out there, interested in a job.

Too many people looking for jobs fail to take this simple, but important, step. And it often costs them the chance of a second interview or even a job offer. Remember, most executives want to hire people whom they like. They’ll like you more if you’re polite and conscientious.

The Follow-Up Call

Sometimes the wait after a job interview can seem interminable. You want to know if executives have made a decision. You want to know if they are still considering their options.

A simple phone call can answer these questions. But when should you make this call?

Many career experts say that it’s acceptable to call hiring managers or executives two weeks after an interview for a quick update. Calling earlier than that, though, is viewed as being too pushy. And that’s not the kind of follow-up you want on your record.

Don’t be a Stalker

There’s another type of follow-up mistake that overeager job seekers often make: They become stalkers.

This happens when candidates constantly pester – by phone or, more often, through repeated e-mail messages – hiring managers for updates. Calling once, after at least two weeks, for an update is appropriate. Calling more than that makes you seem desperate and you never want to appear desperate to the people making hiring decisions.

Here’s a general rule of thumb: If you don’t hear back after making one phone call after two weeks, assume that your interviewers gave their open job to someone else. Yes, the company with which you interviewed should have contacted you, but companies, like job seekers, don’t always do the right thing.

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