Because an indirect response to your job application is better than none at all.
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You saw a job listing you were excited about. You applied. You told a friend or two you applied. Maybe you got an interview? They said they’d call you.
You never heard back.
Ever happened to you?
If your answer is yes – which of course it is – and you’ve applied for a job and never heard back, it’s easy to start feeling like the title of a sad country music song:
You Never Even Call Me By My Name
Where Do I Fit in the Picture?
What Hurts the Most (Is Nothing in My In-Box)
Another approach: Cast aside the self doubt, pity and channel the spirit of Twisted Sister’s We’re Not Gonna Take It (Anymore)
While it’s never a good idea to go negative in a job search – and storm the workplace to get a response, here are three ways you can work on getting better feedback – and improve your chances in the job hunt.
1. From You Never Even Call Me By My Name to First Name Basis
On average employers get dozens if not hundreds of applications for one job.
Until you interact with the organization at which you’ve applied, your name is a series of characters online. Make yourself real. Get mentioned.
Here’s how to do it: Follow-up after you apply. Be clever. Call the hiring manager. Send a fax. Get introduced by a trusted friend. It doesn’t matter how you do it. Just make it happen.
And when you do, go for what my friend Laura Labovich calls the “Forrest Gump” or “James Bond” approach. Mention your name TWICE. As in, “I’m Forrest, Forrest Gump” Or “Bond, James Bond here. I’ve noticed you have a need for someone with experience in defusing explosives.” Saying it twice makes you more memorable.
2. From What Hurts the Most (Is Nothing in my In-box) to Knowing What Happened
Here’s a secret not always shared-
Often employers will give you feedback on the status of your job application, but you have to log back into the account you created to apply for the job to see this information (StartWire, a free service for job seekers, automates this process for job seekers and provides text and email application status updates for applications submitted to over 4,000 U.S. employers.)
Sometimes the information you receive isn’t what you wanted – your application may not have been listed, you may have gotten turned down, the job may no longer be listed. But knowing what your status is can end the waiting game.
3. From Where Do I Fit in the Picture to There’s a Place for Me
Have you ever been told you are overqualified?
Rejected because your experience far exceeds the requirements for a position?
Too senior for a job offer?
I call this the Goldilocks Syndrome: a unique condition wherein a potential employer decides you are over- or under-qualified for a job despite the fact that you may actually be a fit.
One way to beat this syndrome is to follow up on your rejection, pleasantly express your disappointment at not having the opportunity – and say what you would have learned from the job. Restate your interest in the organization.
Worst-case scenario: You still don’t get the job. Best case: The employer reconsiders. I’ve watched one job seeker use this approach to turn a rejection into a job offer.
About the Author
Chandlee Bryan, M.Ed. is a job search strategist and resume writer at Best Fit Forward, she also serves as the Community Manager for StartWire. Over the course of her career, she’s worked as a college career services director, a recruiter, and in career development for rocket scientists. She is the co-organizer of one of the largest job seekers Meetup groups in the world and enjoys listening to – and telling – stories in her spare time. You can follow her career advice on Twitter at @chandlee.
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