Job Search Tip of the Week – 11/27/2013


How to Keep Your Job Search from Going Cold this Holiday Season

Follow-up without Being Annoying

‘Tis the Season to be busy.

This time of year can be discouraging for job seekers, with hiring managers seemingly too preoccupied with their year-end responsibilities to make filling a vacant position a priority.

However, you really should keep job hunting during the holidays. Candidates who continue to express interest in positions they’ve applied are seen as focused and goal-oriented.

That being said, you don’t want to come off as desperate with relentless communications (e.g., numerous messages that are all variations of “This is [Name]. I’m writing to you check on the status of my application.”). This will only annoy the hiring manager and likely cause him or her to remove you from their candidate pool.

I highly recommend using the exit strategy detailed in “How to Seal the Deal: Proper Post-Interview Etiquette” to help you know when and how to follow up in order to create a favorable impression that lasts long after you walk out of the interview room.

From the comments and feedback I received from all of you for “How to Seal the Deal,” I’d say the No. 1 concern job seekers have about following up is that they don’t know when to, and they don’t know when to stop. What if my email got buried under all the others the hiring manager probably receive and that’s why I haven’t heard back? Or, they ask, what if they didn’t get my email at all? It could have gone straight to a spam folder. Maybe I should send them one more message…

For those of you who’ve experienced this, I strongly suggest downloading Signals, a free Google Chrome-based web app by Hubspot which gives you real-time notifications when recipients open your email and whether they click on any links you’ve included.

The best part? Signals is non-disruptive, providing you job search insight without your recipient knowing by using the same pixel-based tracking technology that marketers have used for years. Compare that to Outlook, which gives recipients the option to send you a delivery or read receipt (That being said, you should not send hiring managers emails that start off, “I know you opened my email, but I haven’t received a response from you…” That’s pretty creepy!).

Overall Signals is a great way to determine who your hot employment leads are and help you connect with them at the right time, making your job search more effective and efficient. (Click here to download!).

Refer to the infographic below for a plain-to-see follow-up schedule:

Remember: Just because it’s the holidays doesn’t mean your job search should take a break too. Now is the best time to put yourself in the position to start your new career in the New Year! Identify your hot leads and follow up with them.

Sound Off: What are some strategies you use to help you determine when and how to follow up?

Happy Holidays,

Photo Credit: Zazzle
Infographic Credit: CareerBliss