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Follow Up is Crucial During the Job Search


It is wonderful to know that you can do better on your job search if you learn to do follow-up. You would be amazed at how many opportunities are lost because people do not know the power of the follow-up. The follow-up is the work that gets done after something. For example, when you throw a party in your home, follow-up activities include: food storage/disposal, clean up, the mailing of thank you cards.

When you are doing a job search, as a traditional employee some follow-up activities include:

  • Calling references to let them know who may be calling them and why
  • Give the interviewer a thank you email
  • Send the interviewer any documents, she requested during the interview
  • Begin to plan handling the new work schedule
  • Returning the interviewer’s calls and emails in a timely manner



When you are doing a job search as an entrepreneur, some follow-up activities include:

  • Sending the prospect an email thank you for the meeting
  • Providing the prospect with additional promotional materials
  • Review your business operating plan to confirm you can handle the new client workload
  • Returning the prospect’s calls and emails in a timely manner

It is important for you to remember that when it comes to the job search, the dollars are in the follow-up. Follow up activities are not optional, they are mandatory and may be the difference between you getting the job and you remaining on the job search. When you are looking for work, no matter who you are plan for the follow-up at the beginning. It is important for you to make follow-up a regular part of your job search routine. The following are a few tips for establishing a good follow-up routine:

  • Set aside time each day for follow-up activities
  • Create a spreadsheet to track the date, time and type of follow-up you must do
  • Place specific follow-up tasks in your calendars both paper and electronic
  • Get the right attitude, follow-up is important and mandatory


In conclusion, it is wonderful to know that you can do better on your job search if you learn to do follow-up. So, the question for you this wonderful day is, what job search follow-up tasks do you have to do today?

Janeane Davis

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