December 21, 2009 by sparktalk
Before I ask my question, I just wanted to say thank you for all the advice you have provided for all the job seekers out there, including myself. Personally, it has helped me grow leaps and bounds over the past few months.
About 3 weeks ago, I applied for a position with a local sports team that seemed like a great fit for my abilities and vice versa. First time, I sent my application materials and waited a week for a call back; after waiting, I decided to place a call to the hiring manager. He said he never received it and suggested I send it again. I re-sent it and waited another week. After no word on the process, I called again and spoke to the same gentleman.
After a short conversation, he said they are reviewing resumes and suggested I contact him in another week to see if I made it to the interview pile. So, I did as I was asked and waited. Another week goes by and upon calling once more, he said they are still reviewing resumes but remembered me due to my ability to follow up. Three days later, I saw the job posted again. Should I place one more call or move on?
You have nothing to lose in following up at this point. If they have decided not to hire you for some reason, you may be able to find out why and change course if necessary on future applications. The hiring manager noted your follow up skills as being a positive quality and will likely find your continued follow up positive as well.
I can’t count the number of times that a scenario like yours has resulted in an interview and job offer from another company. The hiring manager may know of a similar position to which he or she can refer you and even give a nod to your efforts.
The bottom line is – it is better to have more information than less, even if it might be difficult to hear!