Want To Get Your Application Noticed? How To Follow Up To Get The Job

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Did you just apply for a job that is right up your alley? Knowing how to follow up with the employer can be the key to getting to the next step in the hiring process. Here are five tips that will help make following-up effective:

Take Note of Any Employer Instructions

Before you consider the best way to follow-up with an employer, take note of any special instructions that were included in the job ad or application. Some companies will explicitly tell you not to follow up, or may give you special instructions on how to do so. One of the easiest ways to get disqualified from a job is to break one of these rules, so always read the job ad thoroughly.

Give Them Time to Review Your Application

While it’s true that we are seeing more compact hiring windows, companies still have internal procedures to follow when it comes to sorting through applications. It’s important to give Hiring Managers some time to sort through resumes to get an idea of what they have. Typically, give them at least a week before following up. This allows you to seem eager about the job without also seeming impatient and pushy.

When You Do Follow Up, Make a Human Connection

When it does come time to follow up, calling the company, and, preferably, getting in touch with the Hiring Manager themselves, is the preferred way to go. You can also send an email if you have an address for the Hiring Manager or a specific contact at the company, but if it comes to a choice between a general phone number and a general e-mail address, go with the human connection and make the call (it takes away the risk of getting lost in the Inbox as well).

(Briefly) Reaffirm Your Interest in the Job

Whether by phone or email, always start your inquiry with your name and the position you applied for. From there, briefly highlight why you are an ideal match. Finish the call by mentioning your excitement regarding the next step and offering your availability for any questions the company may have.

Keep a Contact Log

The average job seeker is juggling a variety of different opportunities at once, making the need for documenting each step of the process vital. Creating a contact log allows you to keep your progress with each employer up to date, keeping track of who you talked to and when. By doing this, you can keep a schedule of when to follow up, who to contact, and when it may be time to move on and put your focus on different opportunities.

Celebrate Your Year and Prepare For Your Yearly Review

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As we get ready to welcome 2018, it’s time to take a moment to celebrate what you were able to accomplish in 2017. Not only is it good to celebrate your achievements, it’s also important that you focus on what you’ve been able to do for your upcoming yearly review. Management may remember some of your achievements, but you should be ready to talk about places you’ve excelled throughout the year. Here are four tips that will help you go into your review prepared and ready to talk about everything you’ve accomplished this year:

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How to Prepare for Tough Interview Questions

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Job gap? Resignations? Terminations?

You can be sure that “questionable” items in your history will be brought up during the interview. The key to getting the job is knowing how to answer these questions with an eye towards giving a satisfactory answer and then moving on to a more positive subject. Here are tips for addressing certain items in your job history.

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The Three Very Basic, Very Important Phone Hacks That Can Get You Your Next Job

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In the age of the internet, a phone call is still a powerful tool in your job search. While tech does play a big part in the modern search, don’t discount some very basic, yet vitally important, things you can do with your phone (and without Wi-Fi). Whether it’s a new iPhone or your trusty old flip-phone, here are three things you can do right now that will make a huge difference.

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Ready For Your Time Off? 5 Things You Must Do Before You Leave The Office

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The last day before you take some well-deserved time off can give you the same feeling of giddy anticipation you felt on the last day of school. The day before you start your vacation may involve a bit of clock watching (you can’t help it), but there are a couple of things you need to do before the (metaphorical) bell rings:

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A Job Seeker’s Guide to Handling Questionable Advice over the Holidays

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The holidays are about meeting up with friends and family and enjoying good food, company, and cheer. If you are currently looking for a new job, your holidays may also involve getting a lot of well-meaning job search advice. While some of it may be stellar, some may be outdated or even counter-productive. The holidays are smoother if you can be gracious though, so here are four tips for handling the less-than-useful advice you may receive:

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Study Shows That Millennials, Gen Xers, and Boomers agree on one thing: Work/Life Balance

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You’ve all read the articles and heard the stories: Millennials are so different from the previous generations. If you were to believe everything you heard, you would imagine that Boomers and Millennials wouldn’t agree on anything. The funny thing is, in a recent study we found that Millennials, Boomers, and that oft-forgotten about generation in the middle, Gen Xers, agree on most things including what keeps them happy at their job.

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