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Most People Don\'t Fully Follow Up When Job Searching
Boston — April 12
Although many job-seekers send thank-you letters and e-mails after a personal interview, far fewer people follow up on other critical job-search processes such as after networking and informational meetings, calls from executive recruiters, and submitting resumes, according to ClearRock, a Boston-based outplacement and coaching firm.
- A personal interview
- A telephone interview
- An informational interview
- A networking meeting
- Receiving a call from an executive recruiter
- Receiving a reference for a position
- Sending a cover letter and a resume directly to a potential employer
Handwritten thank-you notes often will create the best and most lasting impression.
“It's rare that someone sends you a handwritten communication in a business environment, so handwritten notes and letters will be remembered better,” Stevens said.But thank-yous do not necessarily have to be handwritten — or even written on paper.
Some people are uncomfortable with sending handwritten notes, especially after a job interview.
“Most people take a conservative approach and send e-mails or typewritten letters,” Stevens said. "When in doubt about hand-writing a card, err on the conservative side and type or e-mail it. Also, try to adapt the communication to the organization or person you’ve spoken or met with. If it’s an e-mail type of culture, then e-mail your thank-you note."
One benefit of sending e-mails or letters after job interviews, rather than brief handwritten notes, is that they will better enable you to succinctly recap your qualifications for the position.
Job-seekers most often fail to follow up after submitting resumes to potential employers.
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