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Job Follow Up Strategies

Let's get one thing straight: Following up on a job for which you applied is not optional.  You can do this on the phone or via e-mail, though the phone is thought to be more personal.  Whichever method you choose, it is imperative to do this so you can find out what stage of the resume-review process they are in. 

These are not easy calls to make.  Many job seekers understandably fear they will come off as desperate if they contact the employer about the position.  Here are some strategies to help make sure you handle these important communications in the correct way:

  • Don't leave multiple voice messages: You might think you are doing the right thing by leaving multiple voice messages, but these can quickly become a major irritant to the person receiving them.  That's the last thing you want to accomplish.
  • Vary your follow up routine: Are you constantly getting voice mail when you call?  Try calling at different times of day.  It varies from one organization to the other, but people will typically be at their desk in the early morning and late afternoon.  I can tell you one thing: Do NOT call at lunch time.
  • Speak to an operator: Instead of leaving a message on voice mail, try speaking to an operator or secretary and leave a message with them.  People aren't always going to immediately check their voice mail, so having a secretary tell them you called can be a better strategy.
These three strategies can help turn a nerve wracking process into something more manageable.  Feel free to leave your own tips on job follow ups below.
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