Monday, February 6, 2012

Don't Use These Follow Up Techniques

It's always a good idea to follow up after you had a job interview.  It shows that you are committed to getting the job, and it's just the polite thing to do.  But job seekers beware: There are some bad ways to follow up with employers.

The difference between a well written and a sloppy thank-you note can be the difference between getting the job and being rejected.  It's not just poor grammar that can turn off a hiring manager.  The tone and style you use is also very important.  Here are some follow up techniques you should avoid:
  • Don't make turn your follow up e-mail into a novel.  Hiring managers don't have time to read long-winded messages.  Anything longer than a paragraph is too long.
  • Don't be too aggressive with your communications.  You only need to send a thank-you message to the employer's e-mail.  Sending the same message to multiple sources (i.e. the organization's Facebook page, Twitter, etc) crosses the line and, frankly, is a little creepy.
  • Don't send angry e-mails if you don't hear back from the employer as soon as you would like.  Remember that hiring managers have a lot on their plate, and it can take them a while to get back to you at times.
  • Remember to use a professional tone in your message.  Avoid the use of informal language.  You're talking to an employer, not a friend.

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