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October 2011
Job Search: How Much is Too Much?
by Susan Reynolds

So you've made it in the door, past all the roadblocks and screens, and you’ve gotten audience with a key decision-maker to discuss a wonderful career opportunity! The interviews have gone great. You have a strong feeling that you’re a contender. They tell you they will get back to you soon. So what to do now?

Option: Wait, and do nothing other than believe them when they said they'd get back to you. And then wait some more! After all, you don't want to pester them or appear desperate. Wrong answer, of course.

Better choice: Write a carefully crafted thank you note which not only expresses gratitude for their time and attention, but also includes further thought-provoking topics for the next discussion. (Yes, you're hoping that by prompting further discussion that you will be able to make sure that they will be intrigued enough to call you back.) Send this via email, but also send a brief personal note via mail. While I would have once advocated a traditionally-mailed letter, the timeliness of email is probably warranted in our fast-paced "technological age"!

The challenge of follow up is daunting, and quite irritating! (Couldn't they just call you right back with a job offer??) No one wants to feel that they are pursuing a job to the point of obnoxious nagging. So how much to do? The best measure should reflect how you'd handle ANY business transaction in which you're involved. Use your instincts. Be gracious but carefully tenacious and persistent. So rather than feeling like a pest, reach out to your decision-maker with ideas and input for a productive business relationship. Let's hope that next phone call is your job offer!

Susan Reynolds is a senior partner at NewMarket Careers in Santa Clarita, a job search, career strategy, and resume-writing firm geared toward managerial, executive, and senior level professional careers. She can be reached at or 661-755-3308.

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