Job search follow-up is deplorable! It’s the weakest part of the job search process.
Follow-up, at a minimum, means sending thank you notes, but most people don’t even do that. Thank you notes and follow-up communications are not optional for job seekers. They are required.
Great follow-up can put you ahead of other candidates because:
- It shows persistence.
- It allows you to expand, reinforce or clarify something discussed in an interview.
- Good manners are always valued.
- It prevents companies from forgetting about you.
- It reinforces that you want the job.
- Not following up is risky because some hiring managers will dismiss an applicant who does not send a post-interview thank you note, saying it indicates poor follow-through and a lack of interest in the position. Also, other candidates will follow up, so you could lose the opportunity to compete for the job.
Here are the 6 steps to writing a memorable thank you note:
- Send a note within 24 hours while it’s still fresh in your mind — and while you are fresh in the interviewer or hiring manager’s mind.
- Address a note to each individual person you met.
- Spell everyone’s name correctly, including the company’s.
- Start by thanking them for the opportunity to meet, and acknowledge that they took time out of their day to do so.
- Next, note why you think you’d be a good fit for the role. No more than three reasons. Bullet points are optimal as well. This is an opportunity to elaborate on why you are a great fit, in writing, beyond your initial cover letter and interview.
- In your close, hit these three points: Express your interest, commit to following up with them again within a specified timeframe, and thank them, again, for their time and consideration.