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Friday, April 26, 2013

Why not following up is devastating for your job search?

Many people say that job searching is a full-time job. Often they simply refer to the time consuming this activity implies but, in my view, this goes further: looking for a job is a professional activity, which requires professionalism.

A striking example of the latest is the care that needs to be given to following up activities.
An applicant which follow-up thoroughly demonstrates both resilience and organization, which are 2 highly valued qualities that organizations are awaiting from their employees.

Moreover, a lousy or inexistent follow-up will tend to show a lack of genuine motivation in the targeted organization or position. Of course, this will not help the applicant to score points.

An even more devastating effect is when a job seeker fails to follow-up on a contact made through a recommendation. In such case, not only the absence of consistency in the follow-up approach is deteriorating the applicant image but also it is very embarrassing for the person who has made the recommendation or enabled the connection.  After such a disappointing experience, very likely, this person has lost all philanthropic interest to provide help and support to this job seeker.

Very important is to remember that everybody likes to work with people who always do what they said they will.

What are job seekers then expected to do? :

Set reminders, keep track on all actions you initiated in your job search, always follow-up, keep people you involved informed and thank them for the help or the information they provided.

Sandrine van den Oudenhoven
job4U2, "Relocation is a project for both"

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