Dear Job Doctor,
I have been seeking a job in Corporate Accounting for over 18 months, each month I find myself interviewing with companies but no one offers me a position. I have paid hundreds of dollars for resume writers and career coaches, in the end, I am still unemployed. I was layoff from a Fortune 500 Companies that closed during the employment crisis; my resume highlights 12 years of experience and a reference letter from the company President. Despite my experience, I am still unemployed help me.
Bill, the Accountant
Dear Bill the Accountant,
There used to be a time when interviewing for a job meant you were hired. Now employers are interviewing many candidates for the same positions. As a recruiter, I find myself hosting group interviews, panel interviews, repeat interviews to meet the needs of picky employers; it a complete waste of time in my opinion. But you can’t sit back and wait for a job offers; today job seekers have to use savvy interview follow-up techniques to stay ahead of other candidates. The best way to improve your hiring results is to conduct a survey. Contact recruiters in your industry hiring for positions in your career field. Explain that you are seeking a job in Corporate Accounting and would like their opinion about your resume and interview technique, ask to meet for an informal interview to determine how you can become a better candidate for employers.
Remember these critical follow-ups do’s and don’ts:
Do exchange business cards at the end of the interview. You are not just a potential employee; you are an experienced Corporate Accountant that should carry professional resumes business cards that display your corporate photo. Contact the recruiter within two-days of your interview, which will ensure you remain fresh in the recruiter’s mind. Don’t call the same day; you will look too desperate. Do tell the recruiter you are very interested in the position and would like to check the status of your interview. Do mention other existing offers in your follow-up.
Do write personalized thank you note cards or letters to each person who interviewed you within two-days. Most employers prefer a mail follow-up letter; the average candidate will send an email – be an above-average candidate and submitted a formal correspondence. Never send a personal note. Follow business protocol. Begin your letter using proper salutations, and a colon, instead of a comma, after the recruiters name (Good morning, Mr. Jones:” or “Greetings, Ms. Jones:”).
Don’t stalk the recruiter. Unless asked by the recruiter, only make one follow-up call and send one letter or email.
Don’t stop your job search until you receive an official job offer that you accept in writing.
Good Luck, Happy Job Hunting!
CJ Eason is The Job Doctor. She is a recruiter, resume repair expert and director of community outreach for JobFairGiant.com. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.