I almost titled this post “Be the Squeaky Wheel,” but that sounded so cliche, and as a writer teacher I always tell my students to stay away from them. But you know what? Cliches become cliches because they state a truth, and when it comes to getting noticed, it does pay to be the squeaky wheel. So how does this cliche transfer to the world of job hunting? Through the followup.
Following up is important throughout a job search, but is most critical to turn applications into interviews & interviews into job offers. Most people have heard that they should follow-up after an interview by sending a quick thank you note, but you have to get to the interview stage first, right?
After you have sent your tailored-for-the-position resume into the recruiter or employer wait a week for a response. Then place a courtesy call. If calls don’t get a response, email. Leverage your network to get introductions. The application process doesn’t end after you hit “send” on your resume.
Remember, there could be as many as 100 other resumes sitting in the employer’s inbox so you need to work for that interview. You need to stand out, and the best way to do that is to get recognized through the follow-up.