As I dig through blogs and filter through tweets I am looking for original ideas. How can I put a fresh spin on something that's been said one thousand times by hundreds of experts? The answer certainly isn't easy. Maybe it is enough to just repeat the message. They say that an adult learner needs to hear something about seven times before they actually hear it.
But perhaps there is a lesson in this. Job seekers should remember this too.
The news about your quest for a new job shouldn't be treated like a hot potato. In other words, don't blast the message out just once and think you've done your part. Just because you've told your network once what you are looking for,
doesn't mean they'll remember it.
If you've created a target list of people and companies to connect with, dive-bombing to meet with them once isn't enough. Maintain contact. Pepper them with meaningful followup. Be a nurturer.
TESTING 1, 2, 3
Near the end of the interview make sure they know you are qualified. Ask the interviewer if there is anything on your resume that they have questions about or if there is anything they think you may be lacking to be seen a a top candidate for the position.
LATHER RINSE REPEAT
When leaving a voice mail message clearly state your name at the beginning and remind the listener at the end by repeating your name and telephone number.
Hannah Morgan speaks and writes about job search and career strategies. She founded CareerSherpa.net to educate professionals on how to maneuver through today’s job search process. Hannah was nominated as a LinkedIn Top Voice in Job Search and Careers and is a regular contributor to US News & World Report. She has been quoted by media outlets, including Forbes, USA Today, Money Magazine, Huffington Post, as well as many other publications. She is also author of The Infographic Resume and co-author of Social Networking for Business Success.