If you have spent the time applying and/or going through the interview process you might be left wondering…”NOW what do I do next?”
This is a critical aspect of the job-seeking process. It does a few things. It lets the employer know you are serious, reminds them of who you are and your qualifications, and keeps the hiring process moving along. A follow up is also a great way to include those final thoughts you may have neglected to mention during the interview or hiring process that you would like to highlight. Let’s take a look at how following up works.
You can follow up with a call, email, or thank you card. Email is suggested as it’s instant and will give you the proper amount of time to gather your thoughts, however, there is also something wonderfully personal about receiving a handwritten note if you can send it quickly.
Make sure it’s personal! Remember that employers have likely spoken to MANY candidates so it’s unlikely they will automatically remember you.
Perhaps you both went to a certain college or own black labs. It’s all about forging a connection! Also, be sure to explain how excited you are at the potential opportunity to work for them. Mention the main reasons why you would be the right person for the job. Do this by emphasizing your strengths and capabilities while demonstrating that you are a great fit. Keep it short and straight to the point.
Send your follow up at least 1-2 business days after an interview.
You must be sure to contact the right person! Whether you jotted the employer’s email address down in a notebook or found it on the website, make sure to reach out directly to the person you spoke to or the hiring manager. By sending it to an individual (and make sure to address the email to that person's name) you will avoid it being lost in the shuffle.
Hello (contact’s name),
I hope you are staying well!
This is (your name), we spoke last (insert day of the week). I know your inbox is probably quite a busy place right now, but I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for speaking with me.
I believe that my skills strongly match the position’s requirements and my overall experience in (state your special skill/experience) would be especially valuable when… (connect your skills to what they need).
I have attached my resume for you to look over once more when you have a free moment. Thank you again (state their name) and I hope to speak with you soon!
Wishing you the best of luck in your job search!