Follow-up OR Forget About It
If you're merely posting your résumé online for open positions on job sites like CareerBuilder or Indeed.com, you're not effectively job hunting. As a recent college graduate, you should be reaching out to every possible contact you can think of. Then, after you speak with your various contacts and notify them that you are on the job hunt...
Follow-up, Follow-up, Follow-up!
I'll give you a prime example. While searching for my current position, a former educator of mine (one of my contacts) told me to e-mail a friend of hers, who was in my field of choice, to see if he knew of any available positions.
At this point in my search I was fairly down on my luck, but I thought, "I have nothing to lose," and I emailed the gentleman on a Tuesday afternoon. A week went by and I never received a response. My first gut reaction was, "eh, he's not worth my time." My second, more rational reaction was, "Well, perhaps he just didn't get the e-mail or maybe he was just too busy to respond." So, I wrote this man a FOLLOW-UP e-mail.
Within three minutes of sending the follow-up e-mail, my cell phone rang. It was my former educator's friend. He informed me that he had read my initial e-mail, but had a crazy day that Tuesday and thus, forgot to respond. He asked me to come to his office and meet with him right away. I did. Thanks to him, two weeks later I got my current job.
Remember, just because the e-mail you send or the voice-mail you leave for someone is on YOUR priority list, doesn't mean it's on THEIR priority list. In fact, it most likely is not. However, you can greatly increase your chances of getting someone's attention by politely following-up with them.
Lesson Learned: If you don't follow-up, you might as well forget about it.
Lauren Brookmeyer is a communications director for a New York State Senator. During her recent college career, she has been recognized nationally for both her producing and reporting. Like many members of the Millennial Generation, Brookmeyer is working her very hardest to remain competitive in a tough economic climate. Graduating college a semester early with a journalism background, she worked a few months for a major news network in Manhattan. However, upon quickly discovering that the news world was simply not the right fit, Brookmeyer revamped her resume, coupled her experience in communications with her passion for politics, and transitioned into her current position. She will be offering up personal advice on how to hunt for a job and how to be successful once you land that job.