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Three times you should always follow up

FollowUPThree times you should always follow up

Picture it. You’ve been searching for a job for weeks now, and you’ve even had some interest in the form of recruiters reaching out for interviews. But you haven’t found that perfect job you know must be out there somewhere. Suddenly, you see it. The job description matches exactly what you’ve been looking for. You submit your application. A few days go by. And you start to wonder…when, and how, should you follow up?

If you seem too eager, will you scare them off? Too persistent, and you might annoy them? But if you don’t reach out and show you really want the job, will someone else beat you to the punch?

Whereas before, you didn’t bother overthinking the follow-up process because the stakes weren’t that high, now you really want this job – and you don’t want to ruin your chances by making the wrong move.

The truth is, everything will be just fine and if you’re meant to have that job, you’ll get it. But to eliminate some doubt, here are three specific circumstances where you should absolutely follow up.

 1.  When you didn’t get an automated response.  After submitting your application, wait 24 hours. If you haven’t received an email assuring you your application was received, contact the hiring manager (if possible) with a polite email to let them know you’ve applied and are excited to hear more about the opportunity (don’t forget to attach your resume).

 2.   After the interview.  Always, always send a thank-you note. These days, an email is often appropriate, but a hand-written note will show you went the extra mile.  Don’t let too much time pass between the interview and the follow up. Later that day, or the next day is best.

 3.  When you didn’t get the job.  Just because you didn’t land the job this time, doesn’t mean you won’t be considered at a later date. A well-crafted follow up, thanking them for their time, and expressing interest in future consideration, will make you seem like a class act who genuinely wants to work there. You’ll keep the doors open, and you never know what may come of it down the road.

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Summer reading material for the career-minded. search of something to read this summer by the pool or on the beach? How about a book that will, along with the sound of waves crashing on the shore, refresh and revitalize your motivation in your career and life in general?

 Sound appealing? Then check out this list of books that are guaranteed to recharge your drive, as well as offer some sound career advice.

 Refuse to Choose!: Use All of Your Interests, Passions, and Hobbies to Create the Life and Career of Your Dreams by Barbara Sher.  If you’re someone with a lot of passions, and a job history to match, don’t feel like you have to pick one thing and stick with it. There’s a way to combine your loves into a successful career just for you – and this book will help you understand how to do it.

 Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ by Daniel Goleman.  Empathy and excellent communication skills can be harnessed, resulting in tremendous career success. Read this book and learn how to use yours to your great advantage.

 Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink.  Never follow money. That’s the premise of this book. Instead, understand that what motivates you is autonomy, mastery, and purpose. This book provides a road map to using them to find satisfaction in your career and life.

 The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines Into Massive Success and Happiness by Jeff Olson.  Wouldn’t it be nice if you could make a tiny change, and change your life? According to this book, you can. The idea is to find that “one thing” that will help you achieve your goal, then do it daily. And that one thing may be much simpler than you think. Read this book and perhaps you’ll discover yours.

 Love Your Job: The New Rules for Career Happiness by Kerry Hannon.  Maybe you don’t need to look any further than where you are right now to be happy in your career. The goal of this book is to inspire and instruct you in how to transform a blah job into a meaningful and fulfilling one. Even if you intend to leave your job, it seems quite wise to know how to make the most of the present.

 Do you have any favorite career advice books of your own? We’d love to hear your recommendations, and why you love them, in the comments section below.



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