This is a post about common courtesy.
One of our Strategy Team members asked for advice regarding how to follow up after an interview. The hiring manager clearly exhibited “buying signals” (i.e. A 3 hour meeting, when can you start, is your passport current, we need to make a decision RIGHT AWAY!)
She was informed they’d be making a decision within two weeks. She sent the obligatory thank you (email is now an acceptable method for follow up to the interview.)
Two weeks have passed. No contact.
What should I do, she asked. They told me they were going to make a decision in two weeks!
She asked the group if she should follow up again with an email or a phone call?
Some said email, others advocated a phone call.
It is the most common challenge of job search – no one responds to you.
Sometimes it legitimately takes several weeks before they get back to you. Great companies, great people find time to reach out or respond. One way or another.
Unfortunately, most simply drop the ball while you ride an emotional roller coaster.
Experts tell us that the War for Talent has begun, that companies must become much better at treating jobseekers like customers if they want to attract top talent. “Employer of Choice” is what we call a company that practices forward-thinking human talent management practices.
A good first step would be practicing common courtesy and finding a way to respond to calls and emails.
“10 Words Never to Put on Your Resume.”
“10 Words that Will Convince the Employer to Call You.”
“10 Things You Should Never Do on Linkedin if you are a Jobseeker.”
“5 Ways to Improve Your Linkedin Profile.”
Job search is a business, with thousands of gurus toying with your attention span (7 seconds in social media, by the way). It’s a one-size-fits-all approach. Everyone has a magic bullet, the key to success. And they are counting on the fact that you don’t consider yourself an expert at job search so you’re always willing to drink the latest Kool-aid, buy their DVD, attend their webinar. After all, if you were an expert job-seeker, you would be employed by now, right?
So ask yourself, whenever you read a new job search article, “what makes them an expert?” Same goes for all the new “career coaches” who also happen to be friends, in-laws and relatives. It amazes me how someone will consider resume feedback from their daughter, the accountant, who has never hired anyone, as sage advice.
Your career and job search are unique to you. There are no magic bullets. Don’t trust your career to an amateur. Find someone with a proven track record of providing wise counsel that results in a successful transition. Always consider your source.
I work with a wonderful partner. Melanie Weston is our Office Administrator, and she devotes herself to ensuring our office is a smooth-running, happy place.
Like most hard-working Administrative Assistants (AA), she doesn’t get a lot of acknowledgement. Of course, once a year, on Secretary’s Day, we say thanks. But the rest of the time, this much maligned job is subject to criticism and micromanagement. Like Rodney Dangerfield, “I get no respect.” Maybe it’s because it’s traditionally a “women’s job,” and a subservient one as well.
Did you know that men dominated the field until the 20th century? The role arose out of the natural need for a prominent person to whom confidential matters could be entrusted and who could act as an assistant for a principal. There were secretaries in Rome, usually educated men who took dictation as “scribes,” and oftentimes acted as trusted advisors.
Men dominated clerical and secretarial roles until the late 1880s, and it was the advancement of technology that opened the doors to women. The typewriter was the most significant development, and not many people know that the first commercial typewriter was invented in Milwaukee. With the invention of the adding and calculating machine and the telephone, and the breaking down of cultural taboos after World War I, women began to work outside the home, and enrolled in the growing numbers of secretarial schools. The demand for secretaries was so great that it outpaced the supply. Eventually, the number of men with the title secretary dwindled, and in the 1930’s women dominated the office workforce.
Melanie is the glue that keeps it all together here at the Right Management office. She’s cheerful, tries to be proactive, and makes us look good. She really tries to make my job easier, and for that I am eternally grateful. I gave her a plant on Secretary’s Day, but owe her much more.