Job Search - After You Hit Send


Share
Posted Online: Oct. 05, 2011, 4:48 pm
Comment on this story | Print this story | Email this story
Related stories
Bob Lankard © CTW Features

After You Hit ‘Send’

What if you sent out résumés and the phone doesn’t ring, the in box doesn’t ping and the mailbox remains empty? It’s a very common experience in the 2011 job-searching scene. The ratio of interviews to résumé submission is remarkably low – perhaps five interviews for 100 résumés. Most jobseekers just sigh and forget about that job of their dreams. Nonetheless, don’t just send your résumé and forget it. I recommend following up with each résumé sent. “What good could that do?” I have been asked. Employers are more likely to interview those who follow up. Those in hiring authority say follow-up demonstrates interest and makes the person stand out. Follow-up will give you some input on your status with each job. Follow-up following a submitted résumé should either be by email, phone call or letter, in that order. Follow these guidelines to make follow-up effective: • Keep the conversation brief and scripted. • Maintain detailed records of your contact with the employer. • Contact the hiring authority ten days to two weeks after submitting your résumé. • Include a thank-you for the opportunity as part of your contact. • Make the person answering the phone your ally. • Be realistic. Expect a significant amount of rejection. – Bob Lankard

© CTW Features

Related Stories
















 



Local events heading








  Today is Tuesday, Sept, 30, the 273rd day of 2014. There are 92 days left in the year.

1864 — 150 years ago: The ARGUS Boys are very anxious to attend the great Democratic mass meeting tomorrow and we shall therefore, print no paper on the day.
1889 — 125 years ago: H.J. Lowery resigned from his position as manager at the Harper House.
1914 — 100 years ago: Curtis & Simonson was the name of a new legal partnership formed by two younger members of the Rock Island County Bar. Hugh Cyrtis and Devore Simonson..
1939 — 75 years ago: Harry Grell, deputy county clerk was named county recorder to fill the vacancy caused by a resignation.
1964 — 50 years ago: A new world wide reader insurance service program offering around the clock accident protection for Argus subscribers and their families is announced today.
1989 — 25 years ago: Tomato plant and other sensitive greenery may have had a hard time surviving overnight as temperatures neared the freezing point.




(More History)