Summer is here. This weekend marks the beginning vacation for lots of people and will undoubtedly play mayhem on the hiring process.
All it takes is one of the decision makers to be out of the loop and the whole thing can get way laid.
This makes it very hard to keep track of what’s happening between interviews and it can be tough to get feedback.
The key is to follow up with your contacts and to make sure you stay on the radar of the people involved in the hiring team.
When I say follow up, I don’t mean spam. Be careful; it’s a pretty fine line.
Spam is information with little or no value to the reader. Don’t do that. It won’t help your cause.
- “I just wanted to follow up with you to see if you had any feedback yet” Is not good.
- “I might accept another job on Tuesday but I like yours better” is awkward and shrug-inducing.
- “If you don’t get back to me, I will have to get in touch with your boss” will not endear you to anyone.
You need to craft more constructive messages if you want to get a response or even stay in someone’s inbox.
- “I have been thinking about our conversation last week and wanted to share another strategy idea.”
- “The Globe and Mail had a feature on your competitor and I thought you might be interested in reading it.”
- “Just wanted to know if you will be attending the industry conference next week. If so, perhaps we could get together for coffee.”
These are messages that people will want to read and will demonstrate that you have a genuine interest in working with them and a real sense of what’s happening in their space.
Resolve to make this a no-spam summer and life will be better.