The Real Issue With Poor Follow-up

Job seekers waste a lot of time and energy being frustrated with employers who don’t follow-up. Sure, it would be great to hear from companies when they promised to call. Yes, it would be polite to give some response to your resume. True, some contact after an interview to let you know where you stand would be appropriate.  I understand where job seekers are coming from. Often my gut tells me the lack of follow-up equates to rejection. If the company’s need is genuine, then they are indeed moving forward in the process.  Someone IS getting follow-up. So it’s not necessarily that the company’s follow-up in general is poor, but that its follow-up with those they don’t have a strong interest in is lacking. Most people are guilty of the same thing, so stewing over human nature is pointless.

Job seekers have to make a choice. Do they spend their time pushing for a company to do the polite thing and reject them directly or do they spend their time weighing why they may not be enticing enough for a company to chase? My vote is for the latter. Concentrate on why you aren’t a top contender versus lecturing companies on how they could improve their methods for letting you know you are not in the running. If you have to chase a company you have bigger issues, issues more in your control, to deal with. Are you applying to jobs you truly fit? Is your presentation to the company (verbal, written) up to snuff? Have you maximized your networking efforts to allow you true connections to decision makers? You can bet top contenders can answer “yes” to the above.

My advice to job seekers who want companies to do a better job keeping in touch with them is to focus exclusively on being a contender. Are there times when companies drop the ball with contenders, yes. Most of the time companies are pretty good at keeping those they are excited about in the loop.

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