How to Follow Up on All Contacts

job searchIf you are still in the job search process, it is extremely important to follow up on all contacts. It is not good to just sit and wait for results to come pouring in when you think that you’ve already done your part because your contact information has been distributed.

Consider two men applying for a prime position at a company. After the interview, the first applicant just sits around waiting to hear from his prospective employer.

On the other hand, the second applicant distributes his contact information to some people that he met in the company. Furthermore, applicant number two does a follow-up on the results of the job interview a few days later. The first applicant has not been heard from, because he just relies on the basic “We’ll call you” routine. Who do you think will have a greater chance of getting the job?

Even though the first applicant is more qualified, since he did not follow up or even send a thank you note to the interviewer, in the end, he does not get the job.

If you are still waiting for that job offer and you do not follow up on your contacts, your chances of getting hired become slimmer. In business, following up on all of your contacts is a sure-fire way to spread the word about you, your business sense and expanding your horizons.

If you are still looking for a job, here are some tips on how to follow up on your contacts:

* Send a thank you note right after the interview, ideally after a couple of days. This is a way of getting the prospective employer to hear from you again. Should you not get hired for the current position that they offer, someone from that company will likely keep your information on file for future consideration.

* Make sure that you leave your mobile and landline number, e-mail address and home address so that prospective employers will have no excuse of not getting in touch with you.

* Be accurate in getting the contact information of perspective employers. In return, when you place their information on any letter that you send out (i.e. resumes, thank you notes) avoid typographical errors and make sure that you have their names correct, to see to it that everything is in order.

* Some companies do take a look at your character references so alert the people on your list that they might receive a call from your prospective employers.

* Always be on the positive side. Should you not get hired for a particular position, you may ask the people from that company for referrals to other companies or at least keep you in mind for future hiring.

If you are currently in business, whether you are just starting out or in the midst of expanding, you also need to make sure to follow up on all important contacts. For example, you go to a corporate event and you have distributed a lot of business cards. Do not stop there. These people might eventually bring big business to your company so it is important to build up a strong business relationship with them.

Here are some tips on following up on your contacts if you are already in business:

* Send thank you notes to current and future customers. This rule does not just apply to people applying for a job. This is much more helpful for those who are already in business, as a simple thank you note would remind customers of which company they are dealing with and your brand name will be imprinted on their minds. This practice should send more business your way.

* Send follow up messages. If you are in sales, it is good to follow up on existing buyers who are most likely to purchase your products again.

You might also want to personalize any correspondence that you send out as this leaves the customers feeling as if they know you personally. This should lead you to earning their trust, which in turn leaves the customer feeling secure that you are handling efficiently whatever business it is that they throw your way.

* Make sure that you follow up swiftly and promptly. The rule of thumb is to reply fast, fast, fast. Whether it is a solution to a problem or sending out an order or replying to a letter, responding quickly to a customer is the easiest way for them to think of you and your company in a positive way.

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Job Interview Skills: the PAR Principle

By: Yahia El-Maghraby

job searchJob interview skills can be acquired by training and proper preparation for the interview. There are plenty of resources on the Internet that deal with the issue, but none that I have come across focuses on the proper way to answer any question in the job interview.

It’s not only about having the answer or knowing it, there are job interview skills related to HOW to answer them. And this is what you will learn in this article. But first let’s put the foundation for the principle before we get into the core.

An employer needs a job to be done and is ready to pay for it. You, on the other hand, have the skills and can do the job, and need the compensation money in return. As you see, it’s a matter of exchanging skills with money. You both need one another, so there is superiority for an interviewer over you and there is no reason to feel so.

What the employer needs is someone who can do it, and preferably has done it before. Your job in the interview is to prove that you can do it, and if possible show how you DID it.

And here comes the PAR principle. PAR stands for Problem, Action, and Results. One of the most common skills required for most of the jobs is problem solving. If you can demonstrate that you can do the job solving problems and giving results then you are on the right path to get the job.

This can be applied to any question you are asked in the interview regarding your job-related skills. You can always answer by telling a story, where you emphasize a problem that faced you or your company, what actions you took to solve it, and what was the outcome of your efforts to solve the problem.

Numbers always speak louder in a job interview than description. Use them whenever applicable to describe the problem and the results.

About the Author

After I finished a workshop on finding a job I went out and applied what I’ve learned. The next time I visited my job developer I showed her 3 job offers that I got by applying these principles. More job interview skills and interview reparation material are available on my website:

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Part Time Job Search

job searchPart time jobs are sometimes the best choice for people who need some extra income while keeping a full time activity status somewhere else. Examples are students, housewives, new mothers, and just anyone who needs some extra cash while working full time.

When applying for a part time job, here are some tips one must remember when going up to a potential employer:

•    One must prepare a resume when applying for part time work. Even if the person does not have experience, it will show the employer that a little effort was made on the part of the applicant in producing something on paper. The resume may contain highlights or strengths about the applicant which could make the applicant stand out over other people that have applied for the same position and at the end get that job.

•    When meeting an employer, being dressed appropriately is important. It shows the sincerity one has in applying for the job. One must be that finger-nails and hair are well groomed for the interview. The outfit worn could be business casual. A polo and khaki pants will be ideal for men and a polo and skirt for the women will do well for the interview. This would mean that moderate shoes must be used to match the outfit. If one wears a lot of earrings, it is advisable to remove some to present the person better.

•    Getting a job is not easy and there will be a lot of times that the employer will say “no.” This is nothing personal but some employers will prefer someone who has some experience. Even if one is rejected, the person must not give up in getting that part time and move on to the next potential employer.

•    When one is already in front of the employer, a firm handshake is always a good start. Walking in and showing ones sincerity in getting the job is another. There is only so much one say in interview so it is best to practice in selling to the person the strengths one possesses in order to get that job.

•    In the course of going from one employer to another, the employer will not give the answer at once if the person is hired or not. Other applicants will still be interviewed before making that decision. By keeping a list of the places where one went for interview, one will be able to call and follow up the status of the application when appropriate.

Part time jobs are available in various places. One might find one while walking in the neighborhood, checking the school bulletin board or local paper and even the web for job postings.

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