(Note: this was written for Philly.com, to publish in the next few weeks. Here's a sneak peek! -Ed)
When you are job-searching, it can be a lonely road. One of the biggest complaints of all job seekers is the frustration of sending in resumes to jobs you’re apparently qualified for, only to hear… nothing. For many, this is more than annoying; it can cause real anxiety. If you’ve experienced this pain, you’re not alone. Here are some practical ways to improve your effectiveness and stay healthy in the process.
I recommend a three-step planning approach. Start with clarifying what you’re trying to accomplish, and choosing exactly what you want to say. Then decide on the medium you’ll use. Finally, have a clear action plan which includes: timing your follow up, how many times you’ll keep trying, and when enough is enough.
- To separate you from the pack (if even a little).
- To gain information by asking questions. Specifically, we want info which will help you compete more effectively later, in the interview process.
- Email and/or phone your follow-up one week after you have submitted your resume
- If you don’t get a reply, follow up again 3 days later.
- And if you don’t get a reply, STOP. That’s it; you have done all you can do without becoming annoying to the employer, and stressing yourself out.