If you have been job searching for a while and are not getting interviews or haven’t in the last few weeks then it might be due to lack of follow up. This is a crucial step in the job search process and one only you can do to ensure you get interviewed and offered a job! Double check your cover letter and resume to make sure the contact information is accurate first of all. If it is, give each a review to see if there is anything that stands out to you that may be impacting how employers view you – remember employers typically only take a few seconds (6 – 15) to decide who to screen out and who to look at more closely.
If your letter and resume look good, it is likely that you are not doing enough follow up! You should use the job logs provided to organize yourself so that you are calling on each employer applied to the previous week. You may also have a small batch from prior 2 or 3 weeks that you will want to try to follow up with. If you keep your jobs chronologically and write notes for yourself where provided it will make the task easier.
No need to write book, a simple lm 4/12 in the notes area will remind you that you left a message on 4/12. If you tell an employer or are asked to follow up at a future time, it is a good idea to write a new entry on your current weeks job log so that you do not keep track of it. For the job leads I give you, you can write on the leads themselves or transfer to a job log, whichever is easier!
Let’s make sure to review your follow up efforts – review how you are keeping track of your efforts on your own and my job leads to make sure you are approaching this task in a way that will allow you to be successful!
Here is an article just posted on the www.injuredworkerhelpdesk.com site that may help further!