So you have sent off your dazzling, awesome, mind-blowing CV (thanks to the previous inspiring blogs from yours truly) and the question left is what do you do now? Waiting is a horrible task whether that is for a kettle to boil or queuing at the Next Christmas sale to get through the threshold; but waiting to hear back from your dream job can be excruciating.
If you are currently employed then stay focused on your job. Don’t allow yourself to get distracted and take your foot off the pedal from your work responsibilities. This will be obvious to your colleagues as well as can potentially burn bridges when it comes to referencing at a later date.
If you are unemployed then there is still the opportunity to keep in direct contact with your recruitment agent as well as watching the job boards to see if another suitable position arises. It is always advised to not put all your eggs in one basket.
There is the unanswered question of how long to wait before chasing for feedback. There is no right or wrong answer to this question. Recruitment agencies advise the employer to get in touch with the candidate within a couple of days – however this can be wishful thinking. Every business is different depending on their size or industry. Some companies have dedicated HR / Recruitment teams to fulfil their jobs and some businesses have their Director or Department Manager’s to select who they would like in to interview.
It is important to not get disheartened. The job may be your priority, but it isn’t necessarily the employers. The position may not be an urgent priority to fill within the day to day business as things come up such as business trips and deadlines. Employers know that in today’s current climate, snapping up hot candidates quickly is crucial as you could have endless opportunities in the pipeline.
If you are beginning to get itchy feet and feel like you are going to implode then give them a call. Express your keen interest in the position without being seen as a pest. No one likes that person. Be cool guys. During the phone call, try to pinpoint a timeframe as to when the interviews may be held.
With your CV out there, it means potential employers will be doing some investigative work and what better way than to find you than on social media? The majority of us live on social media and every detail of our lives are documented from what we had for breakfast to the selfie to show the outfit we wore out on Saturday night. Is your social media platform presenting you in a professional light? Be sure to have a social media clean up before the job hunt begins.