Friday, September 19, 2014

The Importance Of Staying In Touch With Prospective Employers - Phone, Email and Social Media

Keep Communication Open!

Many people are looking for jobs without a doubt. I am one of those persons. Well, I was one of those persons, until I found a new job after a lengthy time of unemployment.

The routine of submitting resumes and applying for work is tedious, time consuming, and not very rewarding during these hard economic times. I had lost count of all the places I had applied for employment for a period of over six months or so. Job searching is a job within itself!
My resume was listed Craigslist and various other job boards for IT jobs as well as any job vacancies. What that accomplished for me was to fill my email inbox with those who try to prey on us, attempting to scam us with various schemes. Genuine offers are very scarce from Craigslist, and other job listing sites.
In early December of 2011, I ran across an ad on Craigslist where an Exotic Sugar Glider breeder was looking for an assistant. Of course I then had to Google "sugar glider" as I had not a clue what kind of animal they were.
I proceeded to make contact via email with the one who had posted the job. An interview was scheduled that went exceptionally well. I got a call three days later saying I had made the top three of the list, but the competition was strong. I was asked to come in a few days later for the final interview.
Then I got the email that the owner had changed their direction and the hiring was put off. At this point, most people would have been disappointed, as this would be normal. Clearly, I was disappointed and discouraged.
What I did do was stay in contact with the manager who did the interview with me, in a friendly fashion, even adding her on Facebook. We emailed back and forth on occasion, staying in touch about various things, unrelated to the job that had been put off.
On a Sunday in December of 2011, I logged into Facebook, making my routine online rounds, saw I had a message and it was from my friend, the manager. A simple message along the lines of "the job is yours if you want it, contact me". As you can imagine, I was one happy camper at that point!
I contacted the manager, and during our phone conversation, she told me that the job was mine with no follow-up interview and to come in on Tuesday to start training.
So there you have it, what reflects on the title of this hub. Never give up, and if possible, stay in touch with those you have talked to during a job interview. Keep the door open, and lines of communication open. Make sure you have their phone number and name in your phone directory as well, so if you get a call from them, they will come up on your caller ID so you do not let it roll to voice mail because you do not recognize the number.

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