By Gerrit Hall
A popular question I hear a lot is about the dreaded follow-up. After you've applied to a job or breezed through an interview, you need to follow-up.
How important is following up in the job search?
Following up is incredibly important. When you follow up with an employer, it tells them that you are invested in this company and this position. In essence, following up tells an employer you think they're important. That said, many employers won't consider a candidate who doesn't follow up as submitting an application or interviewing.
How can I follow up without being annoying?
While there are many different ways to follow up (phone call, candy gram, smoke signal...), most of these options are incredibly irritating to employers. After all, they're busy people who don't appreciate their day being interrupted by curious job seekers.
It seems logical that a phone call or following up in person would be the most direct approach, but many employers don't like it. When you call, it requires immediate action from the employer, taking time out of their day.
The two best methods give employers the power to respond when they want to, so that they have time to think over a response and really consider you again for the position:
Sending a quick e-mail follow up is great for job seekers after submitting a resume or interviewing. The key to a perfect follow up e-mail is to keep it short, sweet, and professional. Thank them for their consideration, revisit the most important points, and remind them you'll we waiting for a response.
2. Thank you note
In addition to e-mail, a hand-written thank you note is the perfect follow up to an interview. This "traditional" method still rings true and tells employers that you are genuinely interested in this position. Sending a thank you note immediately following an interview ensures that it will be delivered a day or two later, the perfect window for following up.
DISCLAIMER: These follow up methods are great, just as long as the employer hasn't (a) specified a preferred method of follow up or, (b) mentioned they don't want any type of follow up. Pay attention and you can avoid a huge mistake!
What do you think? How do you prefer to follow up with an employer? If you are an employer, how do you prefer candidates follow up with you? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Gerrit Hall is the CEO and co-founder of RezScore, a free web application that reads, analyzes, and grades resumes – instantly. Gerrit has successfully combined his passion for computer science and the careers space by helping job seekers write the best resume possible. You can connect with Gerrit and RezScore on Facebook and Twitter.
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