The job search is a job in itself and as such commands a disciplined organisation.
You do not send CV’s as bottles in the sea, monitoring and reminders are part of the job.
The follow up
The ideal is to synthesize your job applications on an Excel spreadsheet, this will help you to have a clear overview, to measure the progress of your queries and of course to manage follow up reminders.
Here is an example :
This document will contain all the information necessary to monitor your follow up on a day to day basis, to write down everything that you feel to be relevant to the job offered and the company offering it.
When and how to follow up by a telephone call
Our goal is to establish a relationship with the company, to show the recruiter your motivation and enthusiasm for the position, and of course not appear as a pain to him.
The purpose of the call will then be :
- To insure that your candidacy reached him (this is the pretext for the call).
- To ask questions about the timing of the recruitment (to show your interest).
- To propose further information, copies of diplomas or references (or any other suited documents) (second step in showing your interest in the position offered).
- And if this phone contact is positive, propose a meeting with the recruiter at his best convenience – not yours.
The proper timing for this follow up telephone call is from 8 to 10 days, which will leave enough time for your candidacy to arrive and be examined.
When making this call, have on hand your CV, your cover letter and all the information added on your Excel sheet. By all means, be courteous and polite, stick to the objective of your call, listening to the recruiter then ending the conversation with proper thanks.
Following up by e-mail
If the person you wish to speak to is not available, sending him or her an e-mail will leave a written trace of your call attempt regarding your candidacy.
here is an example of such e-mail:
Dear Mr HERBERT,
Further to my candidacy submitted in response to your position as Project Manager of After Sales Service, offered June 2104 and as published on the website bestjob.com, I would like to emphasize my deep interest for this position as it matches closely my skills and ambitions, I do hope that this application, sent to you via e-mail, reached as planned.
I remain available, at your best convenience, to supply you with any further information you would request as well as for a constructive person to person meeting.