7 Steps to Sell Yourself to a Potential Employer

7 Steps to Sell Yourself to a Potential Employer

 

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7 Steps to Sell Yourself to a Potential Employer

7 STEPS TO SELL YOURSELF TO A POTENTIAL EMPLOYER

MELISSA ADAMS, client relations lead

 

 

The interview is a critical part of almost any hiring process. It is often the first opportunity that your prospective employer has to get to know you on a personal level. Of course, it is also an excellent forum for you to sell your qualities, strengths, and talents to the interviewer. 

There are a lot of “moving parts” when it comes to the interview process, but there’s no need to be overly worried. If you follow the seven suggestions listed below, then you’ll give yourself a better chance of securing the job.

 

1. Do Your Research

The first step you should always take is to research the company for which you’ll potentially be working. Apart from a basic knowledge of the kind of products that the company makes, or the type of services that it provides, look for answers to the following questions:

  • What values does the company uphold?
  • What kind of culture is it known for?
  • What type of employee would be best suited for a role within the organization?

Answering these and similar questions can give you an advantage over other candidates for the job. For example, if you know that the company has a reputation for a casual, laid-back culture, then you can highlight that aspect of your personality in the interview process.

In addition, if you are able to find out who will be interviewing you ahead of time, then see if you can unearth relevant facts about that person. For instance, an interviewer with a background in the arts may be more attuned to a candidate’s emotional intelligence, whereas an interviewer with a technical background may focus on a potential hire’s problem-solving skills. 

 

2. Ask the Right Questions

A candidate that doesn’t ask a single question often leaves an unmistakable impression on the interviewer: namely, that the candidate doesn’t care about the job. Thus, be sure to intersperse appropriate questions throughout the interview. At the same time, be careful not to ask questions solely centered around the potential benefits to you (such as wages, paid time off, or benefits). Your questions should indicate that you are not only interested in the position, but that you are interested in how you can best fill the needs of the company within the parameters of your job.

 

3. Dress to Impress

They tell us not to judge a book by its cover, but the truth is that for most books, the cover is all we’ll ever see. All too often, the same principle applies to people.

Research indicates that it takes between 5 and 15 seconds for someone to form a first impression of you. Therefore, it is imperative that you dress well for your interview. A neat haircut along with a suit and tie, or a blouse and skirt of appropriate length, can go a long way towards securing the position.

Even if you know that the company in question has a relaxed corporate culture, don’t take chances. You can always dress down after you get the job. When it comes to the interview, always dress to impress. 

 

4. Carefully Review the Job Description

It is vital that you carefully examine the details of the posted job description before the interview. This will help you to ask thoughtful questions and show the interviewer that you are willing to do your due diligence.

 

5. Show Your Enthusiasm

It’s always a good idea to show an appropriate level of enthusiasm for the industry, company, and/or position for which you are applying. Interviewers like to see an excited candidate because this quality of (sincere) enthusiasm tells them that the applicant, should he/she be hired, will be emotionally invested in the work. After all, nobody hates or leaves something that they’re excited about.

 

6. Ask for the Job

At the conclusion of the interview, ask the interviewer if he/she feels that you would be a good fit for the position. Let the interviewer know that you are keenly interested in moving forward with the interview process, and really want to land the job.

Even if the interviewer doesn’t have the prerogative to give you the job then and there, don’t be discouraged. Your conviction will no doubt leave a lasting impression in his or her mind and may ultimately be the deciding factor that wins you the position.

 

7. Send a Follow-Up “Thank You” Note

No matter how you think the interview went, always send a “thank you” note to the interviewer as a follow-up. Not only is this standard professional etiquette, but it is also a wise move. Even if you don’t get this job, another position at the same company may open up soon, and the interviewer will likely remember your professionalism and thoughtfulness should you apply again.

If you have any further questions about how best to highlight your strengths to a prospective employer, reach out to our team of experts at Lutz Talent. Also, feel free to search our current job openings here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

402.827.2065

madams@lutz.us

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MELISSA ADAMS + CLIENT RELATIONS LEAD

Melissa Adams is a Client Relations Lead at Lutz Talent with over 14 years of experience in the recruiting industy. She is responsible for assisting the talent team in managing client accounts, as well as developing new client/candidate relationships. Adams specializes in search and staffing for accounting and finance positions.

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  • Client Account Management
  • Client/Candidate Relationship Development
  • Accounting & Finance Industry
EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND
  • BS, University of Nebraska, Omaha, NE

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Are You Ready for a Career Change?

Are You Ready for a Career Change?

 

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Are You Ready for a Career Change?

Are you ready for a career change?

chris bouchard, director of talent acquisition

 

If you’re not satisfied with your job, it may lead to unhappiness in other areas of your life. Changing careers is a huge step, and it can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be! Below are some tips that you can use to see if it might be time for a career change, and what you can do to start taking steps in the right direction. 

Are You Satisfied in Your Current Role?

How do you know if it’s time for a career change? If you feel like it might be time to start thinking about it, here are a few things you should consider. First, you should keep your happiness in mind. The reason many people seek new employment is because their interests or passions have changed. Next, ask yourself if you are happy in your current role. Think of it on a scale of one to ten. If you rank your happiness level anything less than an eight, it might be time to start looking for a change. 

The next thing you need to consider is what you need to be happy in a new position. Perhaps you need a better work-life balance or are looking for a more comprehensive benefits package. Maybe your current job doesn’t have room to advance, or you feel like your skills aren’t being put to good use. Whatever it is, it’s important to identify exactly what is making you unhappy in your current role, so you can be sure that when you’re looking for something new, all your needs are fulfilled. 

 

Show Off Your Skills

To help you find a position where you can be your best, it’s important to show off your skills. But how can you show potential new employers that you’re a great candidate? Start by updating your resume. Include all of your previous jobs and the major duties, responsibilities, and accomplishments in each role. In this case, the more specific, the better. Numbers and statistics that detail the results that you achieved can really impress potential employers.

It may also be smart to tweak the keywords in your resume so they match with the jobs you’re applying for. Look for which skills employers are interested in and see how you can highlight those in your resume. If updating your resume seems a little overwhelming, there are services out there to help you craft the perfect one. 

In addition, keeping your LinkedIn page updated and fresh can help potential employers and recruiters find you. Also, make it a point to connect with people you meet at networking events, conferences, or other professional gatherings. You never know when you’re shaking hands with someone who can help you get your dream job!

 

What Do You Need to Be Happy?

Going into work every day happy and ready to take on the job can help you be your best, most productive self. Doing this can put you on the path towards reaching your career goals. When looking for a new position, it’s essential to make a list of the things that are most important to you in a role. These items can be related to both a company’s culture and your skill set. When you’re putting your skills and passions to good use, you have a recipe for success.

Once you have a definite list of what is most important to you in a job, you can use it as a tool to analyze the positions you want to interview for. This way, you can be sure they’ll meet your needs. Job interviews are your opportunity to interview the company as well. While future employers are trying to determine if you’re the right candidate for the job, you should be looking closely to make sure they’re a fit for you as well.

 

Find A Career That Fulfills You

Everyone has an idea of their perfect job – one that they’re excited to go to every day and proud to tell their friends and relatives about. This job exists, but it may take you a while to find it. Work to establish a solid network of friends and professional acquaintances who can notify you if they become aware of an open position. In the early stages of your career search, you may not want the word to get out that you’re looking for a new position, so make sure your network is comprised of people you trust.

It can also be helpful to work with a staffing agency. Often, recruiters hear about new positions first. If you’ve established a relationship with them, they can alert you if they come across something that fits your niche and skillset. In many cases, these staffing agencies may get a hold of positions that aren’t listed anywhere else. They can be a great resource to help connect you to potential opportunities. However, make sure this agency is highly rated and trustworthy. They should never be sending out your resume without your permission!

Finally, get in touch with previous supervisors and coworkers to ask if you can use them as references. Potential employers often require a list of these contacts during the final stages of the interview process. Having one ready will show them that you’re prepared.

You deserve a job that makes you happy. Once you discover what you really need and want from your career, you can use these tips to help you take the steps towards finding your dream job. If you have any questions, or would like to get in touch with a recruiter, please contact us. For a list of available jobs, please view our current opportunities.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

402.769.7059

cbouchard@lutz.us

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CHRIS BOUCHARD + DIRECTOR OF TALENT ACQUISITION

Chris Bouchard is the Director of Talent Acquisition at Lutz Talent with over 13 years of staffing and recruiting experience. He will lead the team’s business development efforts from a direct-hire and temporary staffing perspective as well as strategic assessment and selection of potential candidates with an emphasis on human resource and accounting positions. His approach to gaining an in-depth understanding of the client’s talent needs, including the skills, experience, cultural understanding and personality fit, has been and will continue to be integral to his success.

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  • Recruiting and Search Services
  • Confidential Replacements
  • Temporary Staffing
  • Salary Reviews
  • Position Description & Advertising Analysis
  • Screening & Selection Assistance
  • Outplacement Services
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  • Association for Corporate Growth, Member
  • Financial Executives International, Member
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  • BS, Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, MO
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How to Work From Home Efficiently Amid Coronavirus Times

How to Work From Home Efficiently Amid Coronavirus Times

 

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how to work from home efficiently amid coronavirus times

katy doyle, recruiter

 

A growing number of people are working remotely as the coronavirus continues to spread all over the world. However, many who are used to the office life may suddenly find that being stuck in the house isn’t as efficient as they might’ve thought. If you’re working from home, there are certain steps you can take to make sure that your routine stays on track and that you remain productive.

1. Plan Your Day Effectively

Individuals who are used to working the typical 9-5 grind in the office, seeing everyone hustle throughout the day, may feel far less inclined to stay busy at home. You can overcome the potential “laziness” that comes with remote work by prioritizing your daily tasks with a strict schedule and in-depth to-do lists.

Make sure you have plans for the morning, afternoon, and evening hours. Start with a specific time that you want to get up and start the day. Also, schedule lunch or general break times, and a time to go off the clock. Try not to let any of your regular working hours go wasted. While you should give yourself ample time to relax, schedule it accordingly to avoid decreased productivity.

When it comes to creating to-do lists, start with the hardest tasks of the day. Try your best not to diverge at any point. This can help you develop a routine that you can become comfortable following on a daily basis. In the process, you’ll be able to efficiently complete everything that needs to get done by the end of the day, whether for work or your personal life.

2. Dress Like You Are at Work

One way to keep from getting too lackadaisical when working remotely is to dress like you’re still going into the office. If you normally wear business-casual attire or a three-piece suit to work, continue to do so, and you’ll imbue a more professional atmosphere in your home office.

3. Have a Designated Workspace

It’s important to create your own office at home, whether it’s in a room that’s specifically designed for this or an area that you can convert into a regular office space. Refer to this as your office or workspace every day, even if it doesn’t entirely look like one. Also, it helps to install a desk or clean off counter space to keep all your work items together, such as your laptop/computer, paperwork, planner, etc. With some modifications, you can set up shop just about anywhere.

4. Establish Boundaries in the Home

If you’re living with a roommate, spouse, or children, make sure there are boundaries in place to keep them from interfering with your schedule during work hours. Specify certain times when you should be left alone and undisturbed, and your roommates or loved ones should honor them.

5. Maintain Normal Work Hours

It can be easy to lose the habit of maintaining regular work hours when you’re no longer required to commute to the office. However, one of the keys to remaining consistently productive throughout the day is to adhere to a set schedule. Stick to your normal work hours, such as 9 to 5, or beginning even earlier. Try to align your work schedule with those of your colleagues, superiors, and/or clientele, which can help everyone stay on track.

Tips for Combating the Coronavirus While Out or at Home

In addition to working efficiently at home, you can work to help beat the coronavirus in your community by taking some of the following steps, whether at home or out for the day:

  • Be careful where you are getting your news source – Avoid any false warnings or otherwise questionable news by following the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), and sources that only refer to their updates.
  • Wash your hands – Try to wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water. If soap and water aren’t available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your face – If you haven’t washed your hands, touching your face or mouth can transfer the virus to these areas and potentially make you sick.
  • Maintain distance – Avoid close contact with people who are ill. If you’re around someone that’s coughing or sneezing, the CDC recommends you try to stay at least 3 to 6 feet away.
  • Don’t share personal items – Sharing items such as eating utensils and drinking glasses can spread the virus.
  • Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze – Try to cough or sneeze into the crook of your elbow or a tissue. Be sure to promptly dispose of any used tissues after.
  • Stay home if you’re sick – If you’re already ill, plan to stay at home until you recover.
  • Clean surfaces – Use household cleaning sprays or wipes to clean high-touch surfaces such as doorknobs, keyboards, and countertops.

If you can take the following tips when working at home in the event the coronavirus affects your community, you will be able to remain productive and maintain a healthy work-life balance. If you would like to ask any questions or view available opportunities with Lutz Talent, contact us today.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

402.763.2976

kdoyle@lutz.us

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KATY DOYLE + RECRUITER

Katy Doyle is a Recruiter at Lutz Talent with over nine years of experience in the recruiting industry. Her primary responsibility is placing candidates for Lutz Talent clients, as well as filling internal roles at Lutz. Doyle specializes in search and staffing for accounting and finance positions.

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  • Accounting and Finance Industry
  • Networking

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Should I Sign a “Recruiter Right to Represent” Contract?

Should I Sign a “Recruiter Right to Represent” Contract?

 

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should i sign a “recruiter right to represent” contract?

jason orme, client relations lead

 

As a job candidate, you’re always seeking new leads that may steer you to a new and exciting career. If a recruiter contacts you with the possibility of your dream job, you’re likely to jump at the opportunity. After all, the job market can be tough, and anything you can do to improve your odds is well worth it. Some recruiters will ask you to sign a Recruiter Right to Represent contract. Should you sign? Before you can make that decision, you need to understand what this contract is and how signing can affect you professionally.  

 

What Is a Recruiter Right to Represent Contract? 

It is an agreement between a job candidate and a recruiter that gives the recruiter exclusive rights to represent them for contract positions. While it has advantages, such as protecting the parties involved, it is also not without risks, especially for the candidate. That’s why it’s vital that you carefully read and understand the entire contract before signing. Remember, this contract is drafted by the recruiter’s firm to first and foremost protect their interest.

 

Why Are Right to Represent Contracts Used? 

Basically, these contracts are used for insurance. A good recruiter will vet all their candidates before they send their resumes to any firm, and their candidates will often get priority attention. Likewise, they make sure that the candidate is aware of the position that they’re being presented for. A Right to Represent contract also ensures the hiring firm that the candidate agrees to be represented for the position only by this firm. Some companies require these contracts whenever a third party is submitting information for a prospect.

 

When Should I Sign a Right to Represent Contract? 

In some cases, you won’t have any chance of applying for, or landing, a position unless a reputable recruiter represents you. So, it may well be in your best interest to sign the contract. But, just like any legal document you would sign, you need to read every word very carefully, especially the fine print. Your professional future may well rest upon the decision to sign with a recruiter or not, and you can’t afford to make a mistake. Pay close attention to the following details of the contract. 

 

Understand the Length of the Contract 

Often, recruiters use Right to Represent contracts for a specific position at an organization. Make sure their representation is limited to one circumstance. You don’t want the contract to hinder your ability to apply for other roles or work with other agencies on different positions.

Broad Right to Represent contracts give the recruiter the right to express your interest in any position they think is suitable. You do not want to give up this right if you are confidentially looking for a position, or you are keeping your options open and working with multiple agencies. 

 

What Type of Right to Represent Contract Is Best? 

Both types of contracts listed below offer you benefits. You just have to decide what’s most important to you at this stage of your career. It also may depend upon how you and the recruiter became acquainted in the first place. Are they the ones who initiated contact, or was it you? If they contacted you, it’s wise to be a bit wary until you know more about them and make sure you’re fully aware of their reputation.  It is important to build a good relationship with your recruiter, and you should trust each-other.  If, at any point, you feel pressured to sign something that you haven’t had time to read and fully understand, find a different recruiter to work with; it’s your choice and career.

 

Single-Position Right to Represent Contracts 

A recruiter who knows that your qualifications meet the criteria of a specific firm’s position will want to promote you. They are solely focused on filling the position for their client and will only send over candidates that they feel are a good fit. The recruiter will ask for a Single Position Right to Represent contract, in this instance, for a specific period of time. It will only be valid for one position, and you are free to work with other recruiters and agencies to pursue other opportunities. This contract is the most reasonable contract and something that some clients do require.

 

Broad Right to Represent Contracts  

As the name implies, a broad Right to Represent contract gives the recruiter the right to promote you to any number of companies for a variety of positions for an extended period of time. It may be a good option if you want a wide range of opportunities to choose from, but be careful. Remember that you’ll be bound to the terms of the agreement, and you may not be able to work with any other agency until you’re contractually free. Especially be wary if this agreement is limiting you to only working with one recruiter for your entire job search process.  Good recruiters should have your best interest in mind and wouldn’t expect you to keep all of your eggs in their basket. 

 

Learn More About Right to Represent Contracts and Recruitment 

At the end of the day, only you can decide which type of contract works best for you. But, before you make any commitment to a recruiter, make sure that you can work with them effectively. Pay attention to what they say, what they promise, and what they expect of you. If it feels good, you’re on the right track. If not, keep looking for a recruiter you feel comfortable with. 

Everyone here at Lutz understands that you are more than just a resume. We have never encouraged a candidate to sign a broad right to represent contract. We take the time to get to know your goals, strengths, skills, concerns, interests and personality to find the right fit for you. We also know that the recruitment process can be confusing and that you might have questions. Contact us if you’re still unsure about whether you should sign a contract, or if you want more information about how a recruiter can help you advance your career.  

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jason Orme Lutz Talent

402.827.2039

jorme@lutz.us

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JASON ORME + CLIENT RELATIONS MANAGER

Jason Orme is a Client Relations Manager at Lutz Talent with over seven years of experience. He is responsible for helping business leaders find the best long-term talent to reach their business goals.

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  • Recruiting
  • Accounting and Finance Industry
  • Networking
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  • Institute for Internal Auditors - Aksarben Chapter, Member
  • Association for Corporate Growth - Nebraska Chapter, Member
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  • BSBA, Public & Private Accounting, Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, MO
  • BSBA, Corporate Finance, Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, MO
  • MBA, Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, MO
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  • Omaha Ducks Unlimited Chapter, Chairman

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Interviewing 101

Interviewing 101

 

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INTERVIEWING 101

KATY DOYLE, RECRUITER

 

Interviews are a necessary part of the job application process, but they can often feel like a lot of pressure. Even many experienced interviewees still struggle with this portion. The interview is often the first time you’ll meet your potential future employer face-to-face, and you only have a short window to impress. That’s enough to make anyone feel a little anxious.

If you’re feeling a little uneasy about your next interview, don’t let your nerves get the best of you! Instead, review these tips beforehand, so you can go in feeling confident and prepared.

 

Be Prepared

This may seem obvious, but preparation before an interview is essential. You may have a skill set that aligns with the job perfectly, but preparation goes beyond living up to your resume.

Do your research on the company, the position, and even your interviewer before going in. This way, you will know exactly what to expect. Preparation will not only help you to communicate your interest in the job, which is essential, but it will also help you calm your nerves before the big day. 

 

Practice, but don’t over-practice

There are too many questions an interviewer could potentially ask to anticipate everyone. Don’t worry about trying to prepare for them all. You won’t want to sound like you’ve rehearsed a script, anyway. Instead, just go over a few of the more obvious questions beforehand. You’ll feel more confident with some preparation of basic questions, and you’ll still be flexible enough to navigate any questions that come completely out of left field. 

 

Sell Yourself- Remember, they need you

Of course, one purpose of the interview is to sell yourself to your future employer. Come up with a few (honest) anecdotes beforehand, so you’re prepared to make the pitch. You can think of times you were able to problem solve in a pinch, or how you were able to rise to a difficult occasion. You’ll also want to articulate how you’ll be an asset to their company, specifically. If you see any areas where they need support or would benefit from your expertise, don’t be afraid to point it out. Let them know why they need you. 

 

Learn the company culture

Many companies have a set of values that they have incorporated into what they call their “company culture.” Some companies, for instance, value connectivity and togetherness, so if you’re interviewing with them, you’ll want to emphasize your ability to work collaboratively as a member of a greater team. Other companies might value fierce independence, so you’ll want to be able to discuss times that you took the initiative and tackled a problem on your own. Every company is different, so make sure you know which values they find essential. That way, you can highlight your own strengths and demonstrate why you would be a perfect fit. 

 

Find common ground with your interviewer

An interview is already a stressful situation, but if you’ve placed your interviewer on a pedestal, you’re going to feel even more anxious. Instead of worrying about making a good impression, The Guardian recommends “building a rapport with your interviewer.” Having a more natural conversation will help you to feel more at ease, and you won’t feel so, “put on the spot.” When you’re relaxed but engaged it comes across as confidence.  

Establishing a more relaxed rapport isn’t just to your advantage. Believe it or not, interviewers can find the formal nature of an interview uncomfortable as well, and many actually feel that they’re the one in the hot seat! Find some common ground instead of striving to prove yourself, and everyone will be more at ease. 

 

Be Authentic

It may sound cheesy, but it’s true… it’s important to be yourself. If it’s relevant to the interview, be honest about any obstacles you’ve faced in previous positions, so you can discuss how you’ve grown from them. Nobody expects you to be perfect. Interviewers will appreciate your willingness to be vulnerable, and you can also demonstrate that you’re willing to learn from your mistakes.

 

Say “thank you”

A “thank you” following the interview is always appreciated, and these days it’s usually expected. Let the interviewer know that you appreciate that they took the time to meet with you and be sure to check your grammar and spelling. Interviewers notice a sloppy follow-up e-mail, so take a few moments to look it over before you hit “send.” You can follow up the next day, or if you had an early interview, don’t be afraid to follow up the same day. 

We know interviewing for your dream job can be a challenging experience. With these tips, we hope you’ll be able to go into your next interview feeling more prepared and confident. For more information on how we can help, contact us today or check out our current job opportunities today!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

402.763.2976

kdoyle@lutz.us

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KATY DOYLE + RECRUITER

Katy Doyle is a Recruiter at Lutz Talent with over nine years of experience in the recruiting industry. Her primary responsibility is placing candidates for Lutz Talent clients, as well as filling internal roles at Lutz. Doyle specializes in search and staffing for accounting and finance positions.

AREAS OF FOCUS
  • Recruiting
  • Accounting and Finance Industry
  • Networking

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How To: Following Up After the Job Application or Interview

How To: Following Up After the Job Application or Interview

 

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how to: following up after the job application or interview

jessica howes, talent sourcer

 

Following up after submitting a job application or completing an interview is an essential step in the job search process. Recruiters are often wowed by how many interviewees let this critical opportunity pass them by. A personal yet professional follow-up demonstrates initiative, enthusiasm, and persistence, which may, in the end, be what sets you apart from the competition.

After applying or finishing a job interview, many people feel like the ball is now in the interviewer’s court. They don’t want to seem like a pest, so they let days and weeks go by without ever touching base with the person that interviewed them. Instead of coming off as cool or casual, these interviewees seem aloof or disinterested. It’s incredibly important to seize the moment and send a brief thank-you note or email inquiring about the next steps.

You’re not risking anything; you only stand to gain experience, professional contacts, and (hopefully) employment. Read on for our how-to guide on following up after a job application or interview. 

The Auto-Response Email: How to Reply

Often, when you submit an application online, you will receive an automatically generated email that says something along the lines of, “thank you for applying!” Be warned; this is not a personal email, so don’t bother replying to it. If you do, a human will likely never see your response. 

Instead, be proactive and find a recruiter at the company you applied to on LinkedIn. Send a brief but friendly private message following up on your application and inquire about any next steps or additional information you can provide. You’ve now opened the door to direct communication with a hiring professional.

Also, while you’re on LinkedIn, you may as well connect with other HR representatives at companies that interest you. It’s not required, but sending them a short hello may inspire some connections and even get you an in-person interview! You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. 

At The End of the Interview: Ask About Next Steps

At the end of your interview, it’s perfectly reasonable to ask what kind of next steps you can expect, or what the timeline looks like regarding the hiring process. This will give you great insight into when or if you will hear back from the company and whether they might request additional information from you. Also, inquiring about the next steps at the end of the interview will help you prepare for whatever comes next and shows interviewers that you are determined and forward-thinking. 

Following Up After the Interview

There are many ways to follow-up after an interview. Below, we’ve outlined a few best practices. Following this step-by-step course is the tried-and-true method for securing a second interview. 

Email a Thank-You Note

With modern technology, it takes hardly more than a few seconds to type out a brief thank-you note. Email is an excellent professional tool to use when following-up. Don’t worry about making an effort to send your thank-you via snail mail. By the time it gets to the recruiter, he or she could have already forgotten who you are, or the position could have been filled.

Instead, use email to send a personal yet professional “thank you” letting the interviewer know that you appreciated his or her time and are excited to hear back from the company. You can also say something along the lines of, “if I can provide any additional information to support you in your decision-making process, please let me know.” This opens the door to further communication, hopefully inching you closer to closing on that job offer. 

Make a Follow-up Call 

After a few days have passed, it’s now time to make a follow-up call. Try to plan your call during the less-busy business hours, so you have a better chance of catching someone on the phone. It’s also highly recommended to plan out a short script to follow during your call, or in case you need to leave a voicemail. You’ll sound more put-together and will lower your chances of leaving out important information. 

If you do happen to leave a voicemail, send another email to your main point of contact at the company. Mention that you called to check on your application status and briefly wish them well. This kind of persistence isn’t annoying; it’s strategic. Recruiters and HR reps know the difference. 

If You Didn’t Get the Position

So maybe you don’t get the position. What can you do now? It’s always good to let the interviewer know that you appreciate their time and consideration. It’s also a great idea to ask them to keep you in mind for other roles down the road. You never know what might happen. Keep in touch with a quarterly email or let them know when you do land a job. Right now, all you’re doing is building valuable social capital in your industry, and networking is a skill that any recruiter can appreciate.

Hopefully, these tips will help you increase the odds of landing your dream job. If you’re currently seeking a job or have more questions, please contact us to get in touch with a recruiter today. You can also visit our career page to see all the current opportunities we have available. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

402.778.7974

jhowes@lutz.us

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JESSICA HOWES + TALENT SOURCER

Jessica Howes is a Talent Sourcer with over two years of recruiting experience. She is responsible for interviewing and placing candidates for Lutz Talent clients. Howes focuses on recruiting for the accounting, finance, office administrative and human resource industries.

AREAS OF FOCUS
  • Recruiting
  • Candidate Experience
  • Relationship Management
EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND
  • BA in Hospitality Management, Minor in Leadership Communication, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
COMMUNITY SERVICE
  • Pi Beta Phi Alumni Advisor

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