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O is for Offer: How to Evaluate A Job Offer

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When you finally receive that much-anticipated job offer that you’ve been waiting weeks for, it can be tempting to accept the offer right off the bat. However, when you receive a job offer, you must carefully evaluate the offer to ensure you’re not rushing into anything. After all, this is your career we’re talking about!

Here is everything you need to evaluate before accepting, negotiating, or even declining a job offer.

Money

Finances are arguably the most important factor to consider when contemplating a job offer. Obviously, there are other important aspects to evaluate with a job offer, but ultimately, you need to ensure the offer provides fair compensation.

Is the salary offered what you were expecting? If it’s a little less, is it enough to pay all your bills? If the answer is no, then you probably shouldn’t accept the offer right away. But if you really want the position, try and negotiate for a higher salary before you accept.

Need some negotiating tips? Check out our guide to negotiating a higher salary.

Benefits and Perks

Have you been briefed on the benefits? Reviewing the benefits and perks offered is essential when evaluating a job offer. Many people are willing to take a pay cut if the benefits offered are outstanding.

Ask for details about health insurance, life insurance, vacation/sick time/PTO, retirement plans, disability and any other benefit programs. Inquire about how much the benefits will cost out of your paycheck. If you still need more information, don’t hesitate to ask for the plan descriptions so you can compare the benefit packages.

And usually, when the benefits are good, it means the company does a good job of taking care of their employees!

Location of the job offer

Location doesn’t just refer to the city or state the job is located in, but also the proximity of the office to your home. If this job is a relocation for you, there are many things to consider before accepting a job offer, such as cost of living, recreational activities, distance from family, and so much more.

If this potential job is nearby, how’s the commute? Unless you don’t mind waiting in your car for hours, you may not want to accept a new job that has a crazy commute or terrible traffic.

Are you relocating to a new city? If so, you need to ask what the relocation package looks like. Some companies offer full or partial relocation packages to help you move to your new city. If the employer doesn’t offer any relocation benefits, you may want to think twice before pulling the trigger and accepting the offer.

Even if this is your dream job, you may be hesitant to accept the job offer if the location isn’t for you. You may love your job but ultimately resent your decision if you end up dreading where you live.

Travel and hours

Before you accept the job, ask about the hours you’ll be expected to work. Are you working 40 or 50 hours a week? Are you salary or hourly? Do you have the weekends off? Will you be on call 24/7? These are important questions to ask to get a better idea of what a normal ‘day at the office’ will look like.

If you are expected to work 20 hours a week overtime unpaid because you’re on salary, this may not be the opportunity for you. Work-life balance is really important and it’s essential that you double-check with the hiring manager that you will have a life away from the office!

When contemplating a job offer, everyone has a different set of personal circumstances. The same position may be a dream for one candidate and the worst nightmare for another candidate. Just ensure you take your time to thoroughly evaluate an offer before accepting (or rejecting) a job offer.

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N is for Negotiating: How to Successfully Negotiate A Raise

Negotiate a raise

If you are chomping at the bits about a raise that is more than well deserved, you may have to take the initiative and broach the question to your boss. Before you jump into that nerve-racking conversation, here are a few things you need to know to successfully negotiate a raise.

Know how much you are worth

Before you approach your boss and ask to speak about your compensation, you need to do your research. You may think that you are worth more than your current salary, but you need to find some evidence to back up your claim.

And you can’t just walk in the door with an arbitrary number. The first thing your boss is going to ask you is something along the lines of “why are you asking for this number?” You need to have a specific number in mind and evidence to back that number up.

Hop online and see what other professionals in your industry are making. Sites such as Salary.com and Glassdoor will give you an idea of how much others in your industry are making. If you are below the average salary in your industry, you have a good starting point in your negotiations.

Merit-based not need-based

When it’s time to ask your boss for a raise, you need to ensure your request is merit-based, not need-based. You cannot go into the negotiation with the argument that you need the raise. You must steer clear of your current financial situation and have an argument prepared for why you deserve a raise.

Keep track of your accomplishments throughout your time with the organization. Did you increase followers on the corporate LinkedIn page by 27 percent last year? Did you help your department reduce waste, saving the company $35,000? These are achievements you’re going to want to bring up! You need to show your boss that you add value to your team and prove that you are worth the raise.

If your job description has changed over the past year, mention this in your negotiation. Have you taken on additional responsibilities as the year progressed? Bring these up, too! If you recently earned any new certificates or completed technical training that will benefit your employer, make a point to bring these up as well. The more value you can prove you add to the company, the better the negotiations will go!

Time your pitch right

Timing is everything when negotiating for a raise. You must be cautious when you initiate this conversation. If you’ve only been with the organization for a few months, it’s probably not the most appropriate time to discuss a raise. But if you were just given a ton of new responsibilities, you may be more justified in requesting a raise.

In most organizations, the typical time to discuss a raise is during an annual performance review. However, not every company has a traditional performance review period. So, instead of randomly approaching your boss, schedule a time to sit down and meet with your boss after you just successfully completed a big project or spearheaded the planning for a huge event. Whenever you decide to ask, make sure your success at work is still fresh in your manager’s mind.

Consider more than money

Remember, a raise doesn’t always have to include money. Before you ask to meet with your manager to negotiate a raise, think of other areas you’re willing to negotiate, such as working from home one day a week or a couple extra vacation days.

If you are more concerned with a financial raise, keep these in your back pocket as a bargaining chip. Your boss may say “no” to a monetary raise but they may agree to give you some extra work benefits as a compromise.

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M is for Motivation: How to Keep Your Motivation During a Job Search

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It’s easy to get stuck in the frustrating cycle of what is known as a job search. Trust me, you’re not alone. It’s normal to feel defeated after searching for a different iteration of basically the same job over and over again.

However, with a few simple changes, you can revive your motivation to continue the job hunt. Dig yourself out of your motivational slump with these five tips.

Rework your job search to-do list

When your motivation is at an all-time low, it’s difficult to complete the same tedious tasks. Writing cover letters, customizing and tweaking your resume, and filling out job descriptions gets old after a while. To break through the monotony of your job search, rework your to-do list with a list of small numerical goals. This will keep you on the right track and help you feel productive.

For example, you can set goals for applying for 3 new jobs and connecting with 10 new contacts in your industry on LinkedIn per week. These are reasonable goals that will help you keep your expectations realistic and stay motivated throughout your job search.

It’s also helpful to physically write down your to-do list and cross your tasks off as you complete them. Doing so is surprisingly satisfying and will help keep your spirits up during the job hunt.

Get a mentor

Do you have a mentor? If not, you definitely need to find one. Mentors offer perspective, encouragement, and helpful advice that can keep your motivation high. The best part about a mentor is that they are unbiased and are cable of seeing your strengths, even when you can’t.

Mentors can give you actionable ideas on how to enhance those strengths to help remain motivated during your job search. Keep in close contact with your mentor during the search for your dream job to keep your spirits high and help lead you toward the path of success.

Celebrate small victories

It’s too easy to focus your attention on the negatives during the search. Didn’t get an offer after a job interview? It’s easy to beat yourself up over it, thinking about what you did wrong.

Instead of focusing all of your energy on the negatives, try to look at everything with a glass half full. Landed a phone interview? Awesome! Pat yourself on the back! Even if you don’t get a job offer, you should still be proud of yourself for being asked to interview. Celebrating the small victories will give you a positive mindset and help you remain motivated to land that dream job!

Take breaks

This is crucial when you have been stuck in a job search for a while. Constantly applying for jobs, writing cover letters, tweaking your resume, and checking your inbox a thousand times is overwhelming. To remain motivated (and to not lose your sanity), it’s essential to take a step away from your computer and get out of the house.

Go volunteer for a local charity, hang out with your family and friends, or simply go to the park and take a walk. Taking breaks will help ensure you don’t fall into a motivational slump throughout the job search. Set a day out of the week or a few hours each day to do something not job-related. This will keep you from losing sight of your job search objectives, and ultimately, help you land your dream job!

Job search motivational quotes

Still struggling to keep a positive outlook during the job hunt? Check out these 30 motivational quotes to keep you moving forward.

Here is my favorite one: “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill

Happy hunting!

How to Leverage LinkedIn to Find Your Next Job

L is for LinkedIn: How to Leverage Your LinkedIn Profile to Find A Job

How to Leverage LinkedIn Profile to Find Your Next Job

It’s 2018, and almost everybody is using the internet to find their next career. One of the best resources for finding your dream job is LinkedIn. With over 546 million users, LinkedIn is a great platform to find your next job opportunity! But how do you leverage your LinkedIn profile to catch the eyes of employers and recruiters? Check out these three steps to help your profile get discovered by recruiters.

Complete and update your profile

Take 30 minutes and do an audit of your LinkedIn profile. Users with completed profiles are 40 times more likely to receive job opportunities through LinkedIn. Take some time and carefully fill out all your information, including your experience, skills, education, and a summary of yourself. LinkedIn has a helpful meter and helps you fill out your profile 100%. Here is a guide to help you reach “All-Star” status on LinkedIn.

Did you know that you’re seven times more likely to have your LinkedIn profile viewed if you have a profile picture? Just like when you are purchasing something on Craigslist, if there is no picture, the assumption is there is something wrong.

And please don’t use a picture with your dog or kids. LinkedIn is a professional networking tool, and thus, you need to use a professional headshot. If you don’t have a professional profile picture, you will likely get weeded out by recruiters as they search for candidates.

Optimize your headline

The headline on your LinkedIn profile is the first thing human resources or a recruiter will see. Therefore, you must ensure your headline is completed and highlights the type of position you may be interested in. Your headline consists of your photo, your name, and a brief headline with a 120-character limit.

Thus, your headline must standout in the sea of profiles! Your headline should describe what you do or what your professional goal is. For example, a great headline would be something like, “Social Media 📱 // Digital Marketing 💻 // Content Strategy 💡.” This headline illustrates the areas of expertise of the user and helps the profile stand out.

Also, a good headline will contain relevant keywords to help your profile be more discoverable. The example above is from my boss, JSG’s marketing manager. Her headline has three keywords that are relevant to our industry and would ultimately help her get discovered by a recruiter looking for a marketing professional.

Do your due diligence

Have an upcoming job interview? Hop on LinkedIn and do a quick search. Find the LinkedIn page for the company you’re interviewing with and do a little research. What kind of things are they posting? Do they have any recent press releases or product launches? LinkedIn is a great avenue to find talking points in your interview and offer some insight into the company’s culture.

Additionally, you can find the hiring managers you are interviewing with to get a better idea of who you’ll be meeting with. Do you have anything in common? Do you both volunteer at your local animal shelter? Did you go to the same school? It’s surprising what you’ll find on LinkedIn! This will help you walk into your interview with confidence and help provide some more talking points.

Need some more help? Check out JSG’s guide to optimize your LinkedIn profile to find your dream job.

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K is for Keywords: Using Keywords to Get Past an ATS

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Submitting job applications online is kind of like playing darts blindfolded. You’re not sure where you’re throwing or where they’ll land. It’s a shot in the dark, and we’ve all been there.

In the digital age, most resumes never reach the desk of human resources or the hiring manager. They’re automatically processed and stored into an application tracking system (ATS). An ATS is a software application that allows employers to search through thousands of resumes to quickly find top-level candidates for job applications. Yep, your resume is being analyzed and filtered by bots.

So, how do you get your resume past the bots and into the hands of your potential employer? Keywords.

How to get past application tracking systems

Companies started incorporating ATS to simplify the recruiting process. Nobody has time to review and sort through hundreds (or even thousands) or resumes. ATS do the heavy lifting for HR and recruiters by scanning a database of resumes from desired keywords and criteria at once.

Application tracking systems help recruiters quickly filter out unqualified candidates, saving them much needed time and energy. However, good candidates can also slip through the cracks. You could be the most qualified candidate for the position, but if your resume doesn’t have the required keywords, your application will never make it past the ATS.

Mirror the job description

To ensure your resume makes it through the application traction system scan, you need to add relevant keywords to your resume. That means you must customize your resume for every job application. And the best way to do that is to mirror the job description.

Now, I am not saying to copy and paste entire sections of the job description in your resume. But spend some time and carefully read through the job description. Highlight some keywords that stand out in the description and utilize them in your resume.

If the description uses a specific keyword or phrase that’s pertinent to the job, add them to your resume! For example, if a job description for a marketing manager is looking for someone to “develop and execute comprehensive marketing plans and programs,” it’s probably a good idea to work this phrase somewhere in your resume.

Essentially, to describe how you meet every requirement in the description, you need to use the same words in your resume. No more submitting the same resume to every job opening!

Avoid generic keywords and be specific

The ATS is very intelligent, but it is not as intuitive as a human. Therefore, you need to avoid generic keywords to ensure your resume lands on the desk of a hiring manager.

When using acronyms, it’s better to play it safe and use both the spelled-out version and the acronym itself. An application tracking system doesn’t always recognize that “SEM” is the same thing as “Search Engine Management.” It’s important to take the time to analyze the specific job description keywords you’re applying for.

Don’t “stuff” your application with keywords

Have you heard of keyword stuffing? That’s when you load a web page or job application with keywords or numbers in an effort to manipulate the system. And this is never a good practice on a job application.

Remember, even if your resume gets through the ATS, it must get past HR or a hiring manager. Never try to trick the system. If you are unsure if your resume has too many keywords, print it out and read it out loud. If it is difficult to read and sounds funky, you probably overdid it with the keywords. Try to find a good balance between optimizing your application for an ATS and a human reader.

Customizing your job application can be a pain in the neck, but if you want to make it through those pesky application tracking systems, it’s well worth your time!

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J is for Job Hopping: 3 Benefits of Hopping Job to Job

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Job hoppers often get a bad rap. Most people (and a lot of career experts) believe hopping from job to job looks bad on your resume.

Some experts believe job hopping is detrimental to your career and gives the impression that you’re not a loyal employee. It also makes it look like all you care about is a paycheck.

However, there are tons of benefits to throwing out the old wise tale that job hopping is career suicide. Don’t be afraid to get labeled a job hopper! Here are three great benefits of being a job hopper.

You gain valuable skills

Recruiters are looking for candidates with diverse backgrounds. If you have been doing the exact same thing for 10 or 15 years, it gives the impression that you’re not adaptable. However, having a few positions under your belt can generate valuable experience.

Having a diverse background can make you attractive to recruiters or employers. Working for a handful of companies will provide different perspectives on your industry, and ultimately, allow you to do your job better. Going from job to job might just give you the right mix of skills an employer needs!

By working for multiple companies, you’ll have the opportunity to see how other businesses operate. You’ll learn what’s worked for other companies in the past and what has been a failure. This will give you unique insight and help you grow skills that would be impossible to develop by working for just one employer.

Make your wallet happier

If you stick with the same job for a while, you can expect the standard salary increase of three percent annually. However, did you know that the average increase in salary after changing jobs ranges from 10 to 20 percent? That’s a big jump!

Hopping from job to job can often lead to a higher paycheck as most companies are willing to pay more for the right candidate. Instead of waiting around for your current employer to offer you a promotion, you can fast-track your career by switching jobs. A new job can mean a fancier title, higher wages, and better benefits, all of which will make you (and your wallet) much happier.

Find your passion

It can be hard to find a career or a company that you truly love. Job hopping may help you discover your passion! It’s difficult to figure out what your ‘true calling’ is. But jumping from one job to the next can uncover a career path that keeps you excited about going to work every day.

Additionally, it can be difficult to find an organization that is a good culture fit. You may enjoy what you do for a living, but if you are not happy with the organization, it can be difficult to go every day. Jumping around in the job market will help you find a company with goals and a culture that aligns with your own.

 

How to nail your job interview

I is for Interview: How to Nail Your Job Interview

How to nail your job interview

After spending hours filtering through job postings and applying for dozens of jobs, you (finally) land a job interview. It’s been a while since you’ve last interviewed. You’re a little nervous. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Interviewing is stressful and it can be overwhelming to prepare yourself for success. If you want to nail your interview, you must do these six things.

Do Your Homework

One of the best ways to nail your job interview is to do your homework beforehand. You must take the time to do some research. Head over to the employer’s website and do some reading. Check out the company’s ‘About’ page, review their mission and vision statements, research any recent press releases or product launches.

Doing your due diligence will demonstrate to the interviewers that you are genuinely interested in the company and excited about the position.

Know the Job Description

Know the job description like the back of your hand. You need to understand exactly what the hiring manager is looking for. Tailor your answers in the interview accordingly and have in your mind detailed examples of how your experience mirrors what the employer is looking for. This will help illustrate that you are a great fit for the position and will be able to make an immediate impact on the organization.

Body Language

Nonverbal communication is essential if you want to really wow your interviewers. Direct eye contact with each speaker not only shows that you’re engaged in the conversation but also communicates confidence and high self-esteem.

If you want to nail your interview, you must demonstrate positive body language. Have good posture, nod and smile as the interviewers are speaking to you, and show that you are attentive. Slouching in your chair and tapping your foot gives off the impression that you’re nervous and it can even be distracting.

Arrive 15 Minutes Before

Never walk through the doors more than 15 minutes before your interview. This is key. Walking in too early may cause the interviewers to rush. And you never want them to feel rushed right before your interview. That will affect the entire mood of the interview, and likely, will hurt your chances of getting a callback.

It’s important to be punctual. If you are the person who likes to show up early, wait in your car. This is a perfect opportunity to review your resume and the job description one last time!

Ask Questions

You need to ask thought-provoking questions. It’s certainly okay to ask questions throughout the interview, but at the end of your interview, you’ll typically be asked if you have any final questions. This is your chance to leave a lasting impression!

The best way to phrase a question is with a statement. For example, you can ask something like, “I really enjoyed speaking with you and learning more about this position. What are the next steps in the interviewing process?” If you really want the job – show it! Asking this question shows that you are serious about the position and are ready to commit to the company.

And always remember, you are interviewing the company just as much as they are interviewing you. Ask questions to give yourself a better understanding of the company culture, the makeup of the team, and the responsibilities of the position. Don’t be afraid to tell them you like what you hear!

Follow Up

After your job interview, you MUST send a thank you email to your interviewers. If possible, send the thank you message within an hour of your interview. At the very least, it needs to be sent within 24 hours after your interview.

Use this opportunity to quickly affirm to the hiring manager that you’re excited about the position. Remind them the value you will bring to the position and why you are a good fit. Make sure you send a thank you to each interviewer and reflect on something they said in the interview.

Just be sure to keep it professional and brief!

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H is for Hired: What to Do After Getting Hired

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Congratulations! You nailed your interview and you just received an offer from your dream job. Now what? You accepted the offer over the phone with the hiring manager. But what do you do next? When do your resignation with your current job?

Navigating the time between when you receive an offer and the first day of your new position can be tricky. Here is what you need to know for a seamless transition to your new job.

Wait for the official offer letter

Before you even think about submitting your two weeks’ notice, you need to wait for the official offer letter from your new employer. Technically, nothing is official until you receive, review, sign, and submit your offer letter.

Don’t submit your notice until you have carefully reviewed your offer letter. Read the fine print. Make sure it matches everything previously discussed and it coincides with what you are looking for in a new opportunity.

Now is the time to ask the hiring manager or HR any questions on benefits, paid time off, or any other questions you may have. If the offer looks good and you like everything you’ve heard, you’re ready to cross your T’s and dot your I’s.

Put in your two weeks’ notice

After you send off your official offer to your new employer, it’s time to submit your notice. Now, this can be one of the most difficult (and awkward) conversations you’ll have at work. However, it’s necessary to move on to your new opportunity.

Obviously, this is a conversation you will need to have in person with your boss. And make sure you tell your boss first. I know you may want to tell your closest co-workers, but the professional thing to do is to tell your boss in person, first.

Depending on your relationship with your boss, you can either head over to their office and ask to speak with them in private for a minute or you can schedule a meeting on their calendar. I know this is a difficult conversation, but just be honest and candid with your boss.

Have a last day in mind, (typically two weeks from your notice) so you can tell your manager when they ask. Thank them for the opportunity to work with them and express your gratitude for working with them. Shake their hand and move on to the next step.

Depending on your organization, you may need to draft an official letter of resignation. Keep this short and to the point. Basically, the letter needs to include a statement of resignation, your job title, the company you are resigning from, and the date of your last day of work. If you need help, The Muse offers a great guideline for writing a resignation letter.

Understanding what your first day will look like

Now that you have officially accepted your new job opportunity and put in your notice, you are probably curious about what your first day will be like. You may be wondering to yourself “what should I wear?” or “where do I go on my first day?” or even “what is my team like?”

Almost everyone has asked themselves these questions when starting a new job but don’t seek out the answers. Want to know what the office dress code is? Ask your new boss or someone in human resources. Want a better understanding of the dynamic of your new team? Look them up on LinkedIn and get a feel for who you’ll be working with.

Starting a new job can be very overwhelming. Getting a better idea of what your new work environment, the makeup of your team, or even just something as simple as knowing where to park on your first day, will help you put some of those nerves at ease.

Relax and enjoy the ride

Take a deep breath and relax. You deserve it! Enjoy the last few days at your current position and get excited about your new career path. Add your colleagues on LinkedIn and save the contact information with those that you want to keep in touch.

Accepting a new position can be stressful, but if you follow these guidelines, you will have a smooth transition into your new job.

Three goals that will help you land your dream job

G is for Goals: Three Goals That’ll Help You Land Your Dream Job

Three goals that will help you land your dream job

Unless you’re fresh out of school, you’ve probably searched for a job at some point in your life. And if you have, you know the job hunt can be a long, dreadful process. It can be difficult to stay optimistic, especially if you are currently unemployed.

To stay productive while searching for your next career path, you need to set realistic goals during your job search. So, what should your job-hunting goals look like? Obviously, your ultimate goal is to find a job. However, you need to establish smaller goals along the way. Here are the three goals you must set to land your dream job.

Establish a S.M.A.R.T. end goal

Before you submit a single application, you need to set an end goal for what you would like to accomplish. Your end goal of finding a job must be more meaningful. After all, this is the goal that will drive your entire search! It must constantly lead you in the right direction to keep your search focused and get you that dream job.

You are probably familiar with S.M.A.R.T. (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-Bound) goals. If your goal is not S.M.A.R.T., it will be difficult to maintain motivation throughout the long process of a job search. Developing your S.M.A.R.T. goals will allow you to establish realistic numerical goals or tasks to make the most out of your job hunt.

For example, your goal should be something like: “Within 60 days, I will have accepted a job offer for a marketing specialist position in the Seattle-area with a $55,000 starting salary.”

Create daily numerical goals for yourself

When searching for a new job, you must develop numerical goals for yourself. Start jotting down a to-do list. Write down four or five key things you need to accomplish – every day – and check them off as you complete them.

Create a target number for how many jobs you would like to apply to every day, how many people you want to connect with on LinkedIn, or how many articles you want to read to brush up on industry trends. Making and keeping track of a list of small numerical goals will keep you on the right track and help you feel productive. I promise that setting realistic, numerical goals will put you in the right mindset and lead to a successful job search.

Treat your job search like it’s a job

You need to treat your job hunt like it’s your real job. That’s easier said than done, right? Not if you develop a daily routine!

When you are at work, you have a schedule and must accomplish certain tasks every day. Well, if you treat your job search like that, you will likely be more successful! Take your goals and break them out into daily tasks. Take the list you created and keep track of the things you accomplish. Set time aside each day, ideally the same time schedule, and complete your list before you do anything else.

When you accomplish one of your goals, say apply for five new jobs today, cross them off! Not only is it satisfying to do so, it will help you stay on track and keep plugging away on your job search.

And if you’re still struggling with this, step away from your computer. Go to a local coffee shop or head over to the public library. Removing yourself from home and eliminating distractions will help you create a work-like environment and boost your productivity! You’ll be surprised how a change of scenery will improve your attitude towards your job search.

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F is for Follow Up – Following Up After a Job Interview

Following up after a job interview
You just landed an interview and you bring your A-game. You walk out of the office feeling good about the interview. Now what?

You know you should follow up with them, but how often do you do so? What should you say? You want to make a lasting impression on the interviewers, but you’re afraid of coming off as too eager or bothersome. Here are some dos and don’ts of following up after a job interview.

Do – Fire off a thank you note

Shortly after your interview, you MUST send a thank you email to every interviewer. It’s best to send a thank you note within an hour after your interview. At the very least, it needs to be sent within 24 hours to be effective and leave a good impression on the hiring manager.

Use this opportunity to quickly affirm to the hiring manager that you’re excited about the position. Remind them the value you will bring to the position and why you are a good fit. Make sure each thank you note sent is personal to each interviewer. Reflect on something they said in the interview or tell them you enjoyed discussing a certain topic.

Just remember to keep it brief and friendly!

Don’t – follow up unless you have proper contact information

If you don’t have the correct contact information, don’t bother following up. Sending a thank you email to a contact form or a random email address listed on the employer’s website will almost never get to the right person.

Instead, write down all the interviewers’ names during your interview. Afterwards, look them up on LinkedIn or do a quick Google search. You shouldn’t have an issue finding their work email addresses to send them each a personal thank you email.

However, if you do struggle to find their contact information, you can send an email or make a quick phone call to HR. They will be happy to send over their contact information!

Do – Personalize each thank you note

You’re likely not the only person to interview in the last few days. You need to stay at the top of their mind by sending a thank you email that truly stands out. The thank you note needs to relate back to your interview and remind the interviewers why you are the perfect candidate.

As your interview begins, ask the hiring manager if it’s okay to jot down some notes during your interview. As each interviewer is talking to you, write down some notes to help you write a personal thank you email to each of the interviewers. Sending a personal email will go a long way and will remind them what you’ll bring to the table.

Don’t – Follow up too often

Nothing is more aggravating to a hiring manager than a candidate who is constantly trying to follow up after an interview. Don’t panic if you haven’t heard back exactly when you were told. Every company has a unique hiring process and different timelines. Some employers are looking to make a decision in a few short weeks while others may want to take their time. This can all depend on the size of the company, the industry they play in, or even the type of position you are applying for.

If you haven’t heard back a few days after you were expecting a phone call, it’s okay to send a follow-up email. This email should be kept brief and be written in a friendly, yet professional tone.

And if you have been waiting patiently and you still haven’t heard back after your follow up email, chances are, you are no longer being considered for the position. The best way to move forward is to focus on other opportunities.

Do – Ask for the next steps so you know when to follow up again

If the interviewers have not discussed the next steps in the hiring process, the end of your interview is the perfect time to ask what to expect next. You can simply ask, “When are you looking to make a decision?” or “When can I expect to hear from you again?”

By asking the hiring manager what the next steps are, you know when you can follow up again. For example, if the hiring manager tells you that they’re looking to make a decision by the end of the week, it’s okay to follow up again a few days after that if you still haven’t heard back.
I know it can be difficult to be patient, but the hiring process is anything but short and sweet. It takes time for employers to schedule interviews, discuss each candidate, and make a decision, all while maintaining their everyday tasks.

Don’t – Stop job hunting after the interview

Don’t put all your eggs in one basket! While you are waiting to hear back from the hiring manager after your interview, you should keep searching for other opportunities. Even if you think you nailed your interview and you meet every qualification on the job description, you never know what decision will be made.

The best thing you can do is keep searching and applying for job openings. Keep your options open while you wait to hear back from the employer. You never know what other opportunities await! And if you get the unfortunate news that you were not selected for the position, you’ll be ready to move on and continue your job hunt!