Still waiting to hear back from the recruiter or hiring manager on the new job or promotion? Let’s face it, networking for a job is awkward and grueling! You want to show your continued interest but not come across as desperate. Keeping the HR contact, recruiter or hiring manager’s attention is no easy feat.
So, what’s best practice on how job applicants can stay top of mind…three suggestions from my network:
- Look for relevant reasons to be in touch, other than the job status. Look for posts about the company or the industry — forward them to your contact along with evidence that you digested the info (and didn’t just set up a Google Alert). — Jill Van Beke, Director of Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Launch Tennessee @jvanbeke
- Continuously follow up with your network and stay on their minds for opportunities. It may be hard, but think long-term and not short term. — Claudia Koerbler, Communication Specialist, United Nations @claudia_koerbler
- I’ve seen some pretty over the top things from interview candidates (including sending designer donuts) but my advice it is stay in touch in a more subtle way. Follow the interviewer on Twitter and like a relevant post, share their blog post and most definitely keep up on any news or events the company is involved with. — Lisa Cashmore, Director, Network Operations, Canadian Digital Media Network @LisaCashmore
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