Is it possible to be too aggressive in the search for a job? I say NO, in some cases I am sure it’s happened however more commonly job seekers tend to send a resume or fill out an application and then wait and then, well ….wait some more. To those job seekers I say….get out there and make it happen! If it’s a job you want and think you are the ideal candidate follow up and make sure you are don’t become just another applicant in a pile of applications.

Just yesterday I was talking to a job seeker who told me they had put in an application for the perfect job and never heard back. My response: Did you can to follow up? Well you guess it they had not. They were waiting to see if they would call back.

Folks, there is no shame in calling and asking about the hiring process, the conversation can go something like this:

Job Seeker: Hello, I turned in an application last Monday and I was wondering where you were in the interview process? I am very interested in the position you have open.

Employer: Hold on I have had so many people interested in this position, what was your name?

Employer: Why do you feel you are the best applicant for my position?

Job Seeker: I have many years in customer service as well as customer retention and I like to work with the public. I would appreciate the opportunity to come in and meet with you and discus my qualification.

Employer: Can you come in tomorrow? I would like to sit down with you and tell you more about the job.

The current labor market is one where the eager are going to get noticed and the aggressive are appreciated. As a manager who often recruits, I have always been in the opinion if a job seeker shows me they are interested in a job; they deserve an interview. Make sure you start your job search with for all the latest job openings.

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Comment by Amy Hoster on November 12, 2008 at 4:23pm
What about that 1 time out of 10 that they don't get cut off? I just am in the opinion that if you want something you need to go after it. Don't become a number become the person who wants to get hired.
Comment by Slouch on November 12, 2008 at 4:27pm
Comment by Amy Hoster on November 12, 2008 at 4:36pm
"all seekers are eager and aggressive" No they aren't people especially older job seekrs are conditioned to wait to be called on. My only point is if there is one job out of 20 that you feel stongly about...go after it with vigor. I get what you are saying and on some levels can see your point but my point is stop and figure out what you want to do and go after it. Don't wait to be called on.
Comment by Amy Hoster on November 12, 2008 at 4:48pm
I work with Older Workers (40 and older) Your right there are more jobs than job seekers that's why it's so important to get your face and name out there. Hey I am not sying that people won't get rejected, on the contrary they probably will but what's the alternative? Not getting hired? My message is be that maybe by being aggresive and following up you can and will get a shot. More than if you just wait.
Comment by Amy Hoster on November 12, 2008 at 5:02pm
Well if you want to talk at look at my site I woudld love your feedback. I am working on a redesign and I want to be for job seekers.
Comment by Tina Huckabay on November 12, 2008 at 8:54pm
Really? I'm an older worker? Crap..... Just this past weekend my thirteen year old told me there were still TWO NY Giant's older than me that still played.
Comment by Amy Hoster on November 13, 2008 at 9:19am
Tina.....I am just really not sure how to even comment. I will tell you post made me smile this morning. Have a Great Day. Check out my website dedicate to older workers...... and let me know what you think. I am working on a redesign and would love your feedback.
Comment by Tina Huckabay on November 13, 2008 at 11:02am
Happy to make you laugh....I was laughing when I wrote it!
Comment by Amy Hoster on November 13, 2008 at 11:04am
Hey I just noticed you live in Phoenix to!
Comment by Kristin on November 19, 2008 at 2:46pm
As a previous recruiter for a fortune 20 organization, calling to inquire about a hiring process is will not take you out of the running. However, those applicants that do this on a daily, if not hourly, basis will inadvertently remove themselves from the pile.

Additionally, in a large organization, it would be hard for candidates to identify the correct individual to speak to... but there are ways to do this. Organizations that care about their PR or branding/ company image will try and direct you to the right person.

Kristin Bolinske
Bolinske Consulting & Recruiting


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