Following up is a critical part of the job search process, whether it is for a job fair, application or interview. With so many people applying for the same job, you want to stand out and keep your name on the forefront of the hiring manager’s mind.
Recruiters tell us that following up is a crucial part of the applying for jobs, but is often overlooked.
Take a look at the creative way Wade followed up after a job fair. Not only is it extremely catchy (it’s been stuck in my head all morning), but it is also a very creative way to get noticed and remembered.
“My job search was long (6 months) like others. I went to job fairs, filled out applications online, volunteered, networked with friends, etc. After attending a job fair recently, I decided to send a thank you video. This included me singing and playing my keyboard being recorded by my webcam. I emailed this to my recruiter. Shortly after, I did receive a phone call from the recruiter thanking me for creating the video. His supervisor eventually called and asked if they could post the video to the company blog. I consented, of course. I have been offered the job!!!! “
Thank you for sharing, Wade!
Now, I’m not telling you to run out and create a fun video for every job you apply to. Following up with a phone call, email or in person can be very effective as well. Taking the extra step to make your follow-up memorable may make all the difference. Immediately after an interview, I usually write a few points down on things I can write in a follow-up/thank you letter that will make me stand out and show I was really paying attention (as opposed to a standard, generic letter that managers may be used to seeing). Simply make an effort!