Maybe you’re unhappy with your current job and are actively seeking new opportunities. You might have the attitude of “anywhere but here” when it comes to the next step in your career. Or perhaps you’re unemployed, finding yourself catapulted into the job search without much warning (or none at all.)
It’s easy to let life get the best of you. It’s easy to be bitter about your current situation, focusing on what isn’t working and why you’re so unhappy vs. focusing on the positives and leveraging those to land a new, more fulfilling opportunity.
“Desperation can be smelled from miles away.”
You need a new job. You want/need it now. When those factors combine, it’s easy to fall into a trap of desperation.
STOP! You’re scaring people away, including potential employers.
Here are some tips to help you show them you’re serious without coming off as desperate:
Make a great first impression
This matters! You’ve heard stories about people mistreating the janitor or receptionist before going into an interview… but what about when they walk in to meet their potential future employer?
Listen with intensity. Answer with confidence.
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Stand out with follow up
Yes, you live in a digital age. Email is okay! Send a short note thanking them for their time. I recommend saying “thanks for your gift of time” and then mentioning something unique from the interview (like something you learned you had in common.)
You could also send a handwritten note, dropping it off with the receptionist before you leave or mailing within 24hrs. Tip: include your name, email and phone number when signing the card and reference the specific position for which you interviewed. Chances are, you weren’t the only person they interviewed that week! Make it easy to remember you.
Allow time for the process
Time: when you’re unhappy at work or are trying to become gainfully employed ASAP, time drags onnnnnnnnn…..
Understand that it takes time for the process to work. Put yourself in the shoes of the recruiter or hiring manager. They certainly want to hire for the position and are clearly interested in you, but they probably also have a million other things going on at work and in their lives. Remember that they’re people, too!
If you haven’t heard anything in 7-10 days and they said next steps would be soon, go ahead and follow up. But don’t be annoying!