job search: following up

what to say when following up on a job interview

October 28, 2013

I probably get more questions about how to follow up on a job application or job interview than any other other topic, to the point that at one time I vowed to stop answering them. But that didn’t entirely last, and today at U.S. News & World Report, I talk about exactly what it is […]

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my mother says I should call employers daily for an interview

March 25, 2013

A reader writes: I am at my second semester of graduate school. In order to get an internship for next semester, I’ve been really working 24/7 for the past month. However, I still haven’t heard anything from employers yet and of course feel frustrated, as the deadline for join my school’s internship program is in […]

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waiting to hear about a job during the holidays

December 22, 2012

A reader writes: A while back, I wrote to you about an internship that was going well, and the fact that there was a position open at the institution I was interning at. I applied, and got rejected the first time. I thought nothing of it, and went about applying for other opportunities elsewhere. The […]

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do sales jobs follow different hiring rules from other jobs?

December 20, 2012

This question came up in the comments on a recent post: Is sales really an exception to the “don’t call to follow up” rule? I’ve written numerous times about how — in most industries — you shouldn’t call to follow up on your job application, because it’s annoying and won’t help your chances … and that […]

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how much effort is too much when job searching?

November 21, 2012

A reader writes: How much effort to connect directly is too much when applying to positions? I am getting the impression from feedback that supply and demand means employers have to sift through many more applications than they have time to process in any depth. So personal contact / networking and briefer applications may have […]

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when job searching, where is the line between admirable and annoying persistence?

November 16, 2012

A reader writes: About two and a half weeks ago, I submitted my application for a customer service position at a company that I really admire. It’s the kind of company that seems altruistic in its business practices, and besides the perks the company describes for this position, I feel as though at the end […]

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what to do after your job interview

September 12, 2012

So you’ve had a job interview and you’re waiting to hear back from the employer. What do you do now? Do you just sit and wait, or should you be doing anything in the interim? The answer is a little bit of both. Over at U.S. News and World Report today, I talk about seven […]

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how long should you wait to move on when you haven’t heard back from an employer?

July 27, 2012

A reader writes: I’ve read your thoughts on candidate time versus employer time, and have found it to be 100% accurate (and understandable — the massive priority that my application is to me is just a tiny part of the picture that the employer on the other end deals with). That being said, given how […]

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how to follow up on your job application

January 23, 2012

I probably get more questions about how to follow up on a job application or job interview than any other other topic … well, perhaps second only to “is what my employer doing legal?” questions. And I get very tired of answering them, so over at U.S. News & World Report, I’ve rounded up the […]

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how long should I wait for a company to contact me for an interview?

January 19, 2012

A reader writes: After applying to a job, how long do companies usually wait before reviewing resumes to set up interviews? Twelve days ago, I applied to a job that fits me perfectly. It’s what I been doing throughout my career. I feel, based on my background, I should be called for an interview. If […]

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