How To Follow Up With An Employer When They Say Not To.

One of the most important steps in the job application process, is following up with the employer after you’ve sent in your application. As I’ve discussed in a recent episode of the Work At Home Minute, there are many job seekers who completely ignore this step. Little do they know that it could be costing them a chance at an interview for a job that could turn out to be the one of their dreams.

I’m sure you’ve come across vacant postings where the employer is very specific that they do not want job seekers contacting them after they’ve applied. Why do hiring managers do this? I guess it saves them on time and effort on having to deal with hundreds of eager job seekers emailing and calling for an update on the position. In most cases the hiring employer just does not have the resources to handle that amount of interest. So how do you know if the position is filled or not?

I’m a huge supporter of following rules, but there are times when we are forced to bend them, especially when it comes to a life changing event like landing a job of your dreams. I recall applying for a lower management position when I fresh out of college and I was so excited at the prospect of getting an interview that the “don’t contact us, we’ll contact those we wish to speak with further” didn’t matter to me. I called the hiring manager, but not as a follow up to my application, as I knew that would discount me from the position. With my most professional voice I said ” I saw you had a job posted in “NAME OF PUBLICATION HERE” and I’m calling today to inquire if it was still available or if you’re still accepting applications.

With the approach I took, I didn’t break their rules by asking if they got my resume, etc. However, by the response I got I was able to tell if the position was indeed filled or if they were still going through the applications they received. This way if the position was filled, I could move on and not wait around hopelessly wondering if I would ever hear back from them.

Are you following up with employers?

4 Ways To Not Get Hired for The Job You Applied For.

The resume is the first real connection you make with the employer or hiring manager and it comes down to “first impressions”. My mom would always say “the first impression is what counts” and I’m sure you’ve heard this a million and one times in your life. So what you include on your resume will have an immediate positive or negative effect as far as you getting that call or email inviting you to come in for an interview. As we discussed in an earlier article “Six Things You Should Omit From Your Resume“, there are several critical mistake people make on their resume that can be avoided. Have you gone through your resume to see if your resume needed editing?

In this article we’ll go though four things that some job seekers still choose to include on their resume, which would explain why they’re guaranteed to never be shortlisted for the job they applied for. Once you go through the list you’ll notice a trend…

1. Sexual Preference: Your sexual preference has no relevance on how well you can perform the job. Leave it out when putting together your résumé, because according to statistics, discrimination still exists in the hiring process. By including this information you’re leaving yourself open to having your resume discarded.

2. Discussing religion in the workplace is another big no-no in North America. Including your religion, or lack thereof, on a résumé is too controversial and is irrelevant to the job. So unless you’re applying for a job at a religious institution, exclude this information. In my years as a career coach I’ve seen this mistake several times and the funny thing is, the job seekers who include it are under the impression that it would put a positive spin on their hiring chances.

3. Political Identity: Again, asking your future employer to acknowledge your political leanings is just too controversial.

4. The world of our great grand parents are no longer and prejudices will not be tolerated. If you harbor any prejudices against certain groups or individuals, it’s best to keep that to yourself (or consider counseling). Advertising the fact that you don’t work well with others is not going to get you the job. Employers want employees who can blend into the workplace and relate to their co-workers in a civilized manner.

Take a look at your resume and make the necessary edits if there’s room for improvement. It makes absolutely no sense spending countless hours at the job bank and even more time and money sending out countless resumes and applications if your resume is destined for the garbage can, due to the simple errors you never corrected.

Are You Making This Critical Job Application Mistake?

So you’ve applied for what you think is a “dream job” and you’re patiently waiting to hear back from the hiring manager. But wait! It’s been more than 3 weeks and still not a word about a possible interview. In our haste to apply for jobs we get excited about, there’s a vast majority of us who tend to overlook some of the basics when apply for a posted vacant job. As I’ve pointed out in the past, it’s very important to apply for jobs as soon as they become available so you can get the “jump” on other job seekers applying for that particular job. This means checking the classifieds and job listings websites as often as you can. Make it a daily routine if you can. In this video I’ll touch on a mistake that I’m sure you’ve made at least once in the past and how to avoid making that mistake again, as it will cost you ever getting a response from the employer. Do leave me your comments below…