I get a lot of e-mails in which people express concern over what more they can be doing to enhance their job search process (and success). Like many of you, these people want to ensure that they are maximizing their efforts and doing all that they can to secure a job. When times are particularly tough - as they are now - I spend a lot of time encouraging people to make certain to follow-up on each and every resume that is submitted. This is good advice is any situation, but it rings especially true when we are facing such a high unemployment rate.
Are you looking to bolster your job-search efforts? Always send off a letter to follow-up on your resume.
Tim, a recent client, just e-mailed to let me know that his persistence paid off. He targeted - and then interviewed with - a company that he was very interested in. After his series of interviews, he e-mailed to let me know that it didn’t go so well - he actually felt as though he had bombed it.
Steadfast in his interest in the company, he had diligently sent off follow up letters and post interview thank you letters. He was committed to demonstrating his sincere interest. Because of this, he believes, they called him back in to interview for another position - one that was actually a better fit. He didn’t bomb this interview. In fact, he ended up getting the job.
Effective and productive job searches start with a plan. That plan should include follow-up correspondence. Who knows, it just might distinguish you from the pack.