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Following Up
ReadySet HIRED! is an online monthly newsletter which features advice, guidance, and answers for individuals who are actively searching in the marketplace for employment.
Featured Article My Coaching Actions & Top Ten Mistakes Quick Tips Poll Quotables
Message from the Editor
Welcome to ReadySet HIRED! We’re pleased to announce the launch of our new interactive website www.readysethired.com, designed to take you step by step through the job search process, from getting started right through to beginning your new job. With 10 easy steps, 50 different actions and dozens of downloadable resources including checklists, worksheets and an e-book, the ReadySet HIRED! website provides you with everything you will need to manage a successful job search.

In last month's newsletter,you read about how Lois and Peter each approached interviewing. This month, we'll learn what they do in terms of following up. For the rest of the year, we'll be following their progress as they go through the rest of the job process, including negotiating job offers, and resigning. There's a lot to be learned from their strengths and setbacks, so come along with Lois and Peter on their way to getting ReadySet HIRED!
Following Up
My Coaching
Whatever the case, and whatever your frame of mind, do not stop job hunting. You're guaranteed to lose the race if you stop before the finish line, so keep focused and in gear. Confidence is an excellent trait, but don't set yourself up for disappointment. Imagine if you cancel your interviews with the other companies, then learn that for whatever reason that the offer for your dream job hasn't come through. Intuition is a good thing, but don't blow a couple of perfectly good interview opportunities on your gut feeling alone.
After his informational interview with the VP of Sales who wanted to hire him on as a sales heavyweight, Peter isn't immediately sure how to follow up. He doesn't want to miss any future opportunities to work at that company, provided it's in a management capacity. He also quite likes the VP, and could imagine himself working well with him and within the company.

We've already seen that Lois isn't terribly committed to following up with her network contacts. However, when it comes to her interviews, she's quite willing to put in the effort to a fault. However, when it comes to her interpersonal skills before, during and after her interviews, she follows up with her interviewers, thanking them for their time, expressing her continued interest and reviewing the process for next steps.

Peter continues to stay focused on his immediate management aspirations. He decides to thank the VP for his time and willingness to bring him on board, but graciously declines the informal job offer. Peter reinforces that he would only consider a management position, and requests that the VP keep him informed of any such opportunities in the future.

In her follow up with the interviewers, Lois apologizes for not having properly answered certain questions with respect to her experience as stated on her resume, and offers up detailed responses, citing examples. While it's quite acceptable to clarify any uncertainties or follow up with a request after the interview, Lois took it too far and tried to recreate the interview in her follow up note. Contrary to its intended effect, the explanation is interpreted by the interviewer as too little too late. In her attempt at damage control, Lois digs herself into a deeper hole.

While Peter's determination might be commended, his inflexibility is proving to be an obstacle. He might have been better off to simply decline the offer from the VP, rather than underscore the fact that he is only interested in management positions, which the VP recognizes he is clearly not ready for. While perfectly polite in his request, Peter's follow up email to the VP comes across as somewhat presumptuous and arrogant. His follow up in this case should have been voice to voice to avoid any misunderstanding and misinterpretations.

Lois continues to follow up with the interviewers, to the point where she becomes too aggressive. Not only does she send the emails, she also puts in a phone call to the interviewers on the same day and again every two days to push for a follow up. Polite persistence is a good approach, but Lois tends to be less polite and more pushy.

It's only over time and with experience that both Lois and Peter will learn to modify their approach and be more effective in their follow up.

In our upcoming newsletters, we'll continue to follow Lois and Peter throughout their job search. Maybe you'll recognize yourself in one of them, and maybe you'll learn something along the way. For more tips to help you with your job search, visit www.readysethired.com.
5 Following Up Actions
Here’s a summary of the five ReadySet HIRED! interviewing actions. Click Here for more detailed descriptions of these interviewing actions on our website.

Follow up with yourself
If you think the interview went well, what made it a success? If you feel like you could have performed much better, use it as a key learning opportunity. Also make sure to follow up with yourself regularly throughout the entire job search process.

Follow up with others
Make following up a habit. Throughout your job search, be sure to follow up with mentors, coaches, confidants and your recruiter. Review key details and keep them updated on your progress. Following up will demonstrate your continued interest, but ensure you don't become too aggressive.

Be politely persistent
The hiring timeline is usually quite a bit longer than anticipated, because there are so many unpredictable variables involved. Trust that all stakeholders are well intentioned in making things run quickly and smoothly. Be politely persistent, and don't give up just because you haven't heard back promptly.
  Alert your references
The further along you get in the process for a specific job, the clearer it should become who you want as your references. Find out where they currently are and how and when they can be best reached. Discuss with them again the details you would like them to be able to support.

Don't stop job hunting
Keep your resume circulating. It's great to have a confident, positive attitude, but don't assume you've got the job. Anything can happen. Don't stop job hunting - until you get an offer, looking for a job IS your job.
Top 10 Following Up Mistakes
  • Assess how well you answered the interview questions.
  • Assess your deportment including body language, eye contact and handshake.
  • Don't be hard on yourself - it's all a learning experience.
  • Don't forget to check in with yourself regularly during your job search.
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." -Aristotle

"Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish."
-John Quincy Adams

"When you get right down to the root of the meaning of the word "succeed," you find that it simply means to follow through." -F. W. Nichol
ReadySet HIRED! values your opinion. Take part in this week's poll!
Do you practice good follow up in your job search?
Click Here for August's poll results.
Do you prepare for interviews?
Yes 75.94%
No 24.06%
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