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Your Resume is Only the First Step

AUTHOR: Darlene Zambruski
POSTED: November 7, 2013 at 11:34 am

Many candidates believe that once they’ve submitted a professional resume and cover letter, all they need to do is wait for the phone to ring. Or the emails to pop up.

Unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen. It may be discouraging, but you have to keep active in your job search, rather than becoming passive.

Don’t Give Up – Follow Up

Keep a spreadsheet of when you sent your resume out. If you haven’t heard anything back in two weeks, send a follow-up letter, indicating your continued interest in the company and the position. Attach your resume again. Show the hiring manager how your skills, knowledge and abilities align with the company mission. Educate yourself about their products and services so you can mention them in your follow-up letter (you should have done that already with the cover letter). Give it another two weeks after that.

If you haven’t heard back by then, you need to move on.

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Show Interest, Not Aggression

No hiring manager wants to be bombarded with emails or phone calls from a desperate applicant. You have to temper your enthusiasm with respect for the hiring manager. He or she has a difficult job to do. Not everyone can be hired. Nor can the hiring manager respond to all those who were rejected. Again, move on.

Never Stay Still

Even if the opportunity is a perfect fit, and you feel you have a great chance at landing it, don’t count on being hired…until you are. Keep looking, submitting your resume, networking, updating your LinkedIn profile and attending job fairs. Make certain your skills are up to date. Acquire new ones that will help you land a better position.

Nothing is forever, except your ability to do a job well for each new employer. If you keep that in mind, you’ll be more than ready for your next challenge.

Darlene Z.

Darlene Zambruski is a resume writing expert and CPRW (Certified Professional Resume Writer) with more than 13 years of industry experience. She has authored 10,000+ resumes in every industry and at every career level.

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