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  • Step 5: Plan Your Job Search Follow-ups


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    The last post focused on establishing a direct line to your target person. Now that you know to whom to direct your energies, you now need to communicate with them on an ongoing basis. Job searcher making follow-up callThis ongoing communication will keep you “in front of” the Target Hiring Person, so that when a hiring decision is to be made, you will be the one who is thought of.


    The target person (or people) isn’t your friend, someone who you can call out of the blue just to catch up. If you bombard this person with calls or emails, especially without a good reason, you will assuredly turn them off. And if you try to get in contact too sparsely, they will forget about you.


    So, you must strike a balance by pacing and scheduling your job search follow-ups. This allows you to be present in the target company’s consciousness for a long time. If you communicate on a scheduled, ongoing basis, you demonstrate an unfailing interest in their company and will likely imprint yourself on a hiring recruiter’s memory. All of your seemingly spontaneous interest in the target company will actually be the result of your implementation of a master plan of follow-ups.


    Planning Your Job Search Follow-ups
    Planning is fundamental to a successful job search.Planning a job search

    To plan your job search follow-ups, open your Job Search Follow-up Email and add your follow-up schedule to the top. We will demonstrate a potential format for the job search plan below. While this may work for many people, feel free to tailor it to your situation. You could add the specific dates planned for each follow up, or write more notes about the content of each communication, or whatever will help you devise a thorough communication scheme.


    We suggest the use of important abbreviations and symbols. In our example, “d” stands for “days,” “w” for “weeks,” and “m” for “months” following the job search start date.


    Tasks for XYZ Corporation Job Search – Start 1/15/2010:
    4d: follow-up call
    2w: re-send resume and cover letter with “I will call in a week” phrase
    3w: follow-up call
    6w: follow-up call
    2m: friendly note
    3m: follow-up call


    You have now created a master plan of job search follow-ups. This master plan should be placed at the top of your Job Search Follow-up Email. This email is now ready to be sent.


    If the first activity is scheduled for 4 days, address the Job Search Follow-up Email to 4d@iTickleMe.com. If your first follow-up is 2 weeks, address your email to 2w@iTickleMe.com. Only send to the first follow-up date in your plan.
    Job Search Follow-up Email
    When you receive your Job Search Follow-up Email in the future, after you perform the follow-up activity, you will then re-forward it to the next time interval in your plan. At that time in the future, open the email, perform the task, and re-forward again. It’s as if you are a quarterback throwing a pass to yourself… in the future.Send job search emails to yourself in the future

    See how easy it is to create and manage a job search management system? One Job Search Follow-up Email carries everything you need to be effective in your job search. The availability of all needed information in one email allows your follow-ups to be not only targeted to the job and people you are pursuing, but you will do so in an amazingly efficient way.


    The plan shown above is just a sample. You should create a follow-up plan that is right for you. As you use the system, you will learn more about what time intervals work best in your situation. This system allows you to make changes on the fly. If you want to change the follow-up plan, just edit it in the Job Search Follow-up Email.


    Now you have a firm schedule of follow-ups. Make your job candidacy stand outPlanning your follow-up communications, and implementing this plan, will give you an identity which will help you stand out above the crowd of other applicants, and will help you build critically needed business relationships. This consistent, scheduled communication will strengthen your candidacy for a job and put you many steps closer to being hired.


    In our next post, entitled “Types of Job Search Follow-Ups,” we will discuss how to stick to this schedule and make the most of it using iTickleMe.
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    iTickleMe Job Search GUARANTEE:

    Follow this plan for 4 months, initiating at least 10 new contacts every day (this is easy once you get the hang of it). If you don’t have a job at the end of 4 months of implementing this program and you wish to discontinue service, simply notify us at support@iTickleMe.com and we will refund your $19.95 in full! You have nothing to lose, and a lifetime of rewarding employment to gain. You owe it to yourself and your family


    The most powerful tool you can have in your job search is iTickleMe Email Reminders.You can try it free for 90 days.

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    Next: Step 6: Obey the Reminders, Work the Plan
    Previous: Step 4: Find the Target Person
     

    5 comments on “Step 5: Plan Your Job Search Follow-ups”

    • I am all for follow up and understand that these corporate HR people are overwhelmed with candidates, however, there should be something said for keeping their word. If they say they are going to get back to by xyz date, then they should get back to you by xyz date. It is unfair to keep people hanging as to their status after the candidates took the time to interview for the job.

      I don’t believe that “silence should speak volumes” is an acceptable answer for not being offered a job that a candidate took the time and effort to interview for. This kind of corporate behavior should not be condoned. Keep trying to contact them until you get an answer.

    • Unfortunately, a lot of companies are not getting back to people after the
      interview. Send a thank you note immediately, follow up within one week. If they don’t get back to you, the silence should speak volumes.

      Send the thank you regardless; follow up regardless. I’ve had numerous
      non-responses; remember, it only takes one successful contact to
      land that all-important job.

      No matter how unlikely you are to get the job, follow up.

    • It is very disappointing to have a great interview and then wait and wait and wait to hear back.

      Anthony you had an excellent point regarding ‘the silence should speak volumes.” Responding to a polite inquiry regarding whether the postion applied for is still open is common courtesy.

      Last week I sent a polite message to the person I interviewed with and still haven’t received any acknowledgment. It may be bad form but I want to keep trying to speak to her just so she can tell me they hired someone else.

      I just called the women I had interviewed with again just to see if I could reach her and get an answer. The person who got the job answered the phone so we talked and he asked if I would be interested in possibly working for him!

    • I agree with the various statements about follow-up after the interview, however, often the institutions are so careful about the type of feedback they are willing to give you. Perhaps, many believe you are attempting to challenge their decision and/or lawsuits. There are two things I do, which might prove to be beneficial: to others, they are: a) I request an information appointment, to discuss the department and college culture; b) to shadow someone on campus and volunteer if possible.

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