Hello again. Sorry for the hiatus, during which I did many a job-search related thing, but am still on the hunt. I have had some promising game, but the strength of the trail has varied widely during the process. I ended my last post with the statement that I would begin to talk about following up on interviews with my next Hiatus and update. So here you are…
Communication is prone to breaking down and not always in a straightforward, I am not listening to you Cool Hand Luke kind of way. And as it breaks down follow up letters can get increasingly forced and bizarre. However, this is only a select few. The majority of letters fall into three categories, which kind of ring like the first sentence of a postcard.
This letter is by far the most common. It is very straightforward. When I meet recruiters or representative employees from firms I attempt to do a lot of the things I talked about in my conference post, but after that my main aim is to focus on some deliverable, ideally my resume if they do not have it already, that I can send to them along with this letter, which basically reads as follows…
I enjoyed meeting you at the place we met and discussing the things we talked about. I have provided the thing I said I was going to provide for your review.
The Person that wrote this letter (me)
See you soon?
This letter is for interview follow ups. It is also very straightforward and references the items of interest from the interview. Its form and purpose are quite consistent. I am thanking the individual for his or her time and providing them with a convienent means to reach out to me if they have any questions or would like to offer me career advice, glowing adoration or just a job.
Checkin’ in to see how you are…
These are a little bizarre. They are quite common, but can vary a little bit because of one essential, but nasty element, things outside of both of our fields of influence. The majority of the people that I send these letters to have not contacted me in at least a week and we are discussing a job that they, for one reason or another, are not in a position to offer. Usually the cannot offer me the position because they work in the group in which the position rests, but do not make hiring decisions.
The part that makes these letters strange is that the element that makes the job possible varies widely between positions. In some cases it is simply time, in others it is their boss. These two are the most common. Others that are a bit off the beaten path have been: vacation, another employee that is not their boss. For some reason the obscure ones are escaping me at the moment or never happened, anyway… some of the responses can be a bit labored because I attempt to frame the inconvenient external situation in some nice way, which usually leads to the use of wonderfully passive and detached imagery words like flow, develop and evolve.
These words bring to mind a budding flower, which is a much nicer image than someone in staffing coming over and saying, “Ok, interview these people now.” Anyway, if someone got a nice nature image while reading one of these emails, more the better.