One of the most confusing and frustrating parts of job search is what happens AFTER the job interview – or even after you submit your application when you first apply for the job. You did your part, but you have no control over what the employer is doing – or how much time they are taking to get back to you.
So what is really happening? And is there anything you can do to help make sure things go as well as possible or help speed up the process? Or at least keep yourself from going totally buggy while waiting to hear back. Some useful information about the employer side of the process:
What goes on after you apply for a job?
It’s not that you can change or even influence all that much after the application process has started – apart from your communications and interviews, of course. But there are things going on behind the scenes of the employer that might help you better understand and manage the process. Some articles I hope will help:
References are an important part of the job search – and job find – process. You might be surprised to know that many people put almost no time into coming up with their reference list. That can be a BIG mistake. What else you should know … and what you can do to help avoid surprises:
SAMPLE References Page and more…
In most cases, a less-than-perfect reference page is NOT going to cause employers to get rid of an otherwise great candidate. But a well-prepared reference sheet leaves an extra good impression – and makes it far easier for us to contact the people who could make the real difference for you.
Here’s an example of a well-composed reference page plus some additional articles to help answer your references questions:
How to handle job applications
Applying for a job has gotten even more demanding – and more confusing. And what you don’t know that you don’t know can sometimes hurt your chances. Do you know how to apply for a job online? What about things like your credit history … does that really matter? Some articles to help you get through this part of the job search process:
Dealing with job offers
After all the seemingly endless waiting and nail biting and just plain going mad with anticipation, you finally get an offer. And then maybe ANOTHER offer. Or maybe just an offer you aren’t sure about. How do you decide whether to say “yes” to a job?
What should you do after your job interview?
If you’re reading this page, there’s a good chance that you’re trying to figure out what’s going on at the place where you just had an interview. Some articles to help you stay at least somewhat sane during a time when most people feel like jumping through their skins!
Sometimes just knowing that the waiting is totally normal and that others are going through the same thing can add a bit of relief. And then again, sometimes there are things you can still do. A few more articles to help you deal with this understandably tough time:
TEMPLATES for Follow-up Notes
In case you are thinking of sending a follow-up note (please read the articles above to help you decide whether to send one and when to do so), here is a template to help you create your own letter or email. Please use this as a guide, adding your own special voice to what you send: