And now you wait… Wednesday, May 5 2010 

Your resume is amazing and your cover letter is even better…which landed you the interview.  Which you nailed, they clearly loved you.  You sent a lovely thank you note.  And it’s been over a week and you haven’t heard anything.  Now what?

First, let me start with a story…we had an open position for a paralegal at my firm a few years ago.  One candidate who applied called the day we received his resume to see if we got it.  We had.  He called two days later to find out the status of his resume.  We hadn’t reviewed it. I went on vacation the next week and my voicemail clearly stated “I am away until Monday, Date X” yet he still left two messages following up. Before I even had a chance to review his resume, I was already annoyed at him. The lesson here is don’t be that guy.

Now back to the question at hand…how to follow-up after an interview? First, when to follow-up. Unless you know there is a shorter time frame they are going to make a decision, I would recommend following up within 1 -2 weeks.  10 days is my personal rule of thumb – 1/2 way between 1-2 weeks.  Second, do not follow-up more than twice.  If they haven’t contacted you after this, they’re not going to.  And third, keep looking after the interview for a job!  I think it’s a common tendency to relax and wait until you hear back from the last interview before you gear up your search again, convinced you will get the job.  Well, if you don’t you’ve just wasted a couple of weeks.  Keep looking until you have the job!  For some further advice, check out these articles:

Job Interview Follow-Up Do’s and Dont’s

How to Make a Follow Up Call After a Job Interview


Old School vs. New School…When to Use Email and When to Refrain Sunday, May 2 2010 

Email was once a form of informal communication.  Now that it is becoming commonplace as a way of communicating, how does this effect your job search? What can and can’t be emailed? In a nutshell, I would recommend the following can be emailed: submitting your resume and writing a thank you note.  I don’t believe there is any prejudice to you if you email these.  That having been said, I am still one of the old fashion kind of people who like the hard copy so would say mail those if you have the option to.

What I would not put in an email: anything related to negotiations for the position and follow-ups.  I think negotiations are best handled preferably in person, and if that is not an option, over the phone.  For follow-ups, I think it adds a little something extra to call.  This enables you to give one last impression to the potential employer in case they haven’t made the decision yet.  Additionally, as we all know, tone does not translate in an email and you don’t want it to get misinterpreted or your potential employer turned off by same.

Finally, remember (always) that though you are using email, treat this as a letter.  Have correct spelling, capitalization and punctuation and do not use emoticons!

If you’d like to read a little further on this matter:

E-mail Guidelines and Etiquette in Your Job Search

Email Etiquette