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Posted By Connie Thanasoulis-Cerrachio
If on-campus companies have told you they will follow-up with you and they have not, here are some specific follow-up tips you can employ:
Your best strategy: have so many companies on your list that nothing will get you down or slow you down.
Your best attributes: be knowledgeable about whom to contact and when, be organized about attending events, be proactive, very positive, and tenacious.
Communicating Off-Campus/ How to Follow-up with Companies That Don’t Follow-up
Posted By Caroline Ceniza-Levine
All good follow-up means that you get the info you need without being a pest. So Connie’s on-campus tips apply for off-campus as well. However, with off-campus you don’t have on-campus’ established deadlines and Career Services as an intermediary. Therefore, rule number 1 of off-campus is to know the process of each and every search that you undertake, so you can create deadlines and keep on track for yourself.
Ask what the timetable is every time you interview for a job. How many interviews do you anticipate for this opening? How quickly are you going to make a decision? When do you need a decision? When do you want the new hire to start?
Ask for the key decision-makers so you know with whom to follow up. Are you the main HR contact on this search? Can I circle back to you to check on status? To a non-HR person in the actual department, will you be making this decision or do I need to meet additional people? Can I circle back to you to check on status?
Know what you want to hear and protect yourself by continuing with other searches. Be organized about what other searches are in your pipeline and how far along each of them is. This way, you can implement Connie’s Tip 3 if needed. But keep looking as per Connie’s Tip 4 because things happen outside of your control – budgets change, position requirements change, maybe they need someone immediately instead of after May.
Network with the long-term in mind. Networking is key to any search but especially off-campus because you are making your own opportunities. Therefore, use each search as the chance to expand your networking relationships, and what is at stake is more than the open job but rather your long-term relationships. Be polite. Continue to engage with your contacts about things other than the immediate search – send an article, send a holiday card. Take the decision well even if it doesn’t go your way. There are other opportunities, but each relationship is unique.
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