Now what? You’ve had Distinctive Career Services develop an amazing, attention-getting resume for you.
You’ve applied for some jobs that are ideal. In fact, you are really, really anxious to hear back because they are more than ideal. And you know you are a competitive candidate for them.
What should you do now? Is it smart to follow-up after submitting a resume, and when is it overkill?
Identify the situation
Keep in mind that answering advertised job openings, whether you find them on LinkedIn, Indeed.com, your local newspaper, or another source, is one of the least effective but most frequently used methods of job searching. Many people have heard this advice, but don’t understand why. Here are some of the primary reasons:
So now you understand why submitting a resume for an advertised job opening is not your best strategy. I hate to break it to you, but there is more bad news.
Now, I know I have painted a bleak picture.
Responding to ads is the way most people prefer to job search. But, even understanding that it is the least likely way to land you a new job, if you are job searching, I know you have sent your resume in response to an ad. It is the easiest way to conduct a job search and it is therefore where most people spend their time.
So, let me offer you a little good news. There is nothing stopping you from following up after submitting a resume. In fact, in almost all cases it is smart to follow up and can make a dramatic positive difference in your results. It is just a question of how you do it and what you can expect.
All the research you did in tailoring your resume and cover letter to the opening will pay off now.
You DID tailor your resume to the opening, right?
If not, you are probably out of luck. A generic resume broadcast to job openings is not likely to ever produce good results for you. Make sure you learn how to do this and in the future target your resume and personalize your cover letter for the opening.
If you DID already do this, great! Let’s move ahead.
I hope this message finds you well. I am applying for the Digital Media Marketing Specialist position at Aurora Flight Sciences. I’m really excited about this. It is a great company and the position is a perfect fit for my goals. I saw that your friend, John Roberts, works for Aurora. I was hoping you would feel comfortable making a connection between us, as I’d love to chat with him about his time at Aurora and my interest in this position. Thanks so much!
Thank you so much for connecting with me. I really appreciate that Jane introduced us. I am applying for the Digital Media Marketing Specialist position at Aurora Flight Sciences, and I understand you work there. I’m really excited about the position. Aurora seems like a great company and the position is a perfect fit for my goals. I was hoping you might be willing to chat with me briefly about your experience at Aurora, and if you have any insights about the open position I’d be very interested in hearing them. Thanks so much!
These two simple emails may lead to great things. But, don’t stop here.
Dear Ms. Smith:
Please find attached a copy of my resume for the General Manager position at Acme, Inc.
As an experienced operations manager I am known for my signature “everything is an opportunity” attitude, and drive for continuous improvement impacting every corner of the business. I take a pragmatic approach and pay careful attention to the bottom line and ROI of each initiative—an approach that has repeatedly driven outstanding results, such as a 288% increase in revenues, 155% increase in profits, and 27% decrease in overhead costs for my most recent employer.
My objective is to leverage this approach to drive similar growth and continued success for Acme, Inc. I am sincerely interested in the open position. While I
submitted my resume through the “official” channels, I also wanted to reach out and introduce myself personally. I’m really looking forward to meeting you to learn more about your goals and to share my insights and ideas about how I can help you achieve them.
Finally, it is time to reward yourself. Job searching takes hard work and persistence! While these steps take effort, when you follow them you exponentially increase the odds of achieving your ultimate goal. Now wait for a few days, but don’t wait too long. It is time to follow up. The follow up proves your sincere interest. And then…move on to the next opportunity. Commitment to your goals and persistent action is what will win you your next job!