Following through after an interview is an important part of being successful in your job search.
To grab the hiring manager’s attention, it’s important to follow up at every stage as you continue your job search journey. Here are some tips to help:
Networking is important to build new relationships. It’s one of the most effective ways to get to know more people in your field and brush shoulders with those that may be relevant to your industry.
Networking is not about asking people for job referrals. It’s about connections, learning how to converse with different kinds of people in your field, and building relationships over time. Company parties, conferences and parties with friends are perfect opportunities to build your network.
Don’t forget to bring business cards with you and ask for contact information when meeting new people. Ask them out for a coffee or light lunch if they’re free as a chance to get to know them better. As soon as you get home, remember to add their information to your contact list.
2. Informational Interviews
Absolutely do your homework before entering a new field or industry. Talk to people already in the field to help broaden your network and answer questions you may have about the company.
As you reach out to people willing to help, don’t forget to send them a brief thank-you note. You can extend your appreciation by suggesting offers of help and keeping in touch.
3. Job Interviews
Following a job interview, sending a short thank-you email is a good step. Make sure you personalize each note. Doing so reflects focus and genuine gratitude, both of which can increase your chances of getting the job.
Enjoy the search!