Job Search Tips – 3 Ways To Get You Closer To “You’re Hired”

Don’t you just love on “The Apprentice” when Donald Trump closes it out with those two little priceless words, “you’re hired?” Well in your own search for that ultimate career, I’m pretty sure, those are the two words you’re wanting to hear.

So on that note, one critical part of your job search is in doing follow-ups. Here are three kinds of follow-ups that can help boost your job search results:

  1. Follow-up your first resume/cover letter mailing with another resume/cover letter mailing. Things can happen with the mail–it can become lost, stolen, or delivered to the wrong address. So if you don’t hear anything from the company you applied to, it wouldn’t hurt to send in another resume/cover letter package. Wait about 1 week after you mail the first resume/cover letter. So what if they’ve already received it? Then they’ll just get a second one, no harm done. What’s the benefit of this? If anything, it will get your name and information in front of your potential employer twice. And that’s another nice little technique that helps you to stand out.
  2. Follow-up your interview with a thank-you letter. Too many job seekers don’t realize how important this is. Do this–before you go to your interview, the night before, begin typing the letter in your computer, and save it. Then, as soon as you get home from the interview, the minute you hit the door, sit down and finish typing out your thank-you letter. Print it out and take it over to the post office. Not to the nearest corner mailbox, but to the post office. More than likely, it’ll get to your potential employer the next day. Again, this gets your name in front of your potential employer at least twice, which can help you to stand out from other applicants that have been interviewed. It also shows your professionalism and enthusiasm for the position.
  3. Follow-up with a second thank-you letter if you get a rejection letter. I know, I know. You’re probably thinking, why should I send a follow up letter to a rejection letter? Because you never know–you could have been the company’s very next choice. What if the person they hire works there for a while, and they decide to quit? Or what if the company feels the person they hired just isn’t all they thought they would be? Either way, this would place you back in their prospective eye. So write a polite letter, thanking them for taking the time to interview you, and that you hope they might keep you in mind for any future positions that may open up.

These three types of follow-ups are not only polite and professional, they can greatly enhance your job search results and help you to stand out from other applicants. Which can lead to that moment when you yourself can ultimately hear those golden words, “you’re hired.”