Adapt your resume and cover letter
Did you take the time to personalize, customize and make your cover letter and resume relevant for each of the job posting? Can the employer clearly see (without having to think) how your experience relates to the job?
Stop waiting. Take action. If any of these jobs you applied for were really of interest, follow up with an email or phone call. Be sure you follow the instructions, for example, if the ad said “No calls please”, that means you shouldn’t call. Looking for some advice on making these follow-up phone calls? Read my post Follow-up Tactics.
Find an Insider
Talk to everyone you know and find someone who works for that company. When you find someone who works there, ask them if they know about the job, its status, and who they might recommend you speak to. Be super nice to them because you will want them to be an advocate for you or at least an informant.
You might be able to find names of people to contact on the company website.
You might be able to find the company and its employees on LinkedIn
You might be able to read the company’s blog to gather names or information
You might be able to follow the company on Twitter
Timelines Slip…Don’t Give Up
I read an article recently that suggested that job seekers give up if they haven’t heard back from an employer. I would caution against this, especially if it is a job/company you are really interested in.
Companies do not plan or purposely keep applicants hanging or waiting. For many valid reasons, their timeline slips or their goals change or their financial situation changes.
Feel Empowered not Victimized
Sure the employer has what you want…a job. But, what can you do to feel empowered? Take action. At least you can say and know that you did EVERYTHING possible. Waiting isn’t taking action. One email isn’t enough. Persistence.
Here is a post I wrote which addresses the fear of many, What will they think (you don’t want to come across as aggressive or desperate, so how much is too much follow-up?)
Do you have a great story of victory? Have you been successful in persistently following-up? Please share!