Job Search Tip: Timing is Everything

September 7th, 2011 | Interviewing, Job Search | No Comments »

When it comes to the job search, timing is really everything.

1. Reaching out/ Sending your resume
The second you find a “job lead,” whether it’s an online job ad or a status update from an online buddy, don’t wait around to find out more and apply. The job market is moving fast, and the longer you wait, the less chance you have of getting noticed for the position. If you’re sending a resume, spend time only to customize it for the position, but otherwise send it right away.

2. Showing up at the interview
There’s rarely a good excuse for being late to an interview, and even getting there without a minute to spare can be considered late. Being a little early, by 10 or 15 minutes, not only gives a good impression, it gives you time to collect yourself and get ready for the interview.

3. Sending a thank you letter
A quick thank you note, whether by email or mail, can really stand you apart from other candidates and make a big impression on your interviewer. Go ahead and send a thank you note within a day of your interview. A lot of companies move very fast, and if you wait any longer than that, your note may be completely irrelevant and end up looking out of place.

4. Following up on an interview
Your best bet for following up after an interview is to specifically ask at the end of an interview when you should follow up. Each interviewer has their own hiring process, so asking beforehand will give you an idea of whether two days is acceptable or whether you should wait a whole week. If you’re not sure, you may have to simply gauge how the interview went and follow these two rules: don’t call everyday and become a stalker, and don’t wait a month before calling after they’ve forgotten all about you.

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