Mariann Donato: Tory's Feedback #1

Getting a Response

I feel Mariann's pain. No response is worse than hearing, "We're just not that into you."

She is doing everything right: following up as directed, waiting a respectable amount of time between attempts and varying her methods of communication. She's not hounding anyone nor is she waiting idly for the phone to ring.

But just as you can do everything right and still lose your job, you can also apply properly and still not hear back. It's maddening, I know.

This is why it's essential to have lots of sticks in the fire. You can't rely on just one or two leads, even though they may look really good. When you're hooked on one particular opportunity, the lack of response is magnified. The more eggs in the basket, the less you'll obsess on one person getting back to you.

The last thing you want to do is harass someone about whether or not a decision has been made. That's the call nobody likes to receive. Instead, figure out how to best engage with the decision maker-or the person closest to the decision maker.

Look for an internal contact that'll put in a good word. Send an article that's related to your field or that's connected to your prior discussion. Give freely of your time and expertise to showcase how you'd tackle the role from Day One.

In addition, when you do speak with your contact, ask directly, "When should I follow up with you? Do you prefer email or phone? If I don't hear back, what would you suggest I do?"

None of this guarantees that you'll hear back, but it sure does increase your chances.

And if you're reading this and you see yourself in the recruiter Mariann is describing, please take 10 minutes and respond to all of those unanswered emails in your Inbox. It's the right thing to do, even if it's to say, "Nah, we're just not that into you."

NOTE: If you have any job leads for Ms. Donato, please let us know in the comments below. Thank you.

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