As I´ve searched for a company to manufacture my diaper bags, I´ve learned one key in the job-searching hunt that I hadn´t really considered in the past: Persistency can be the difference between landing the job and not.
Let me explain. I´ve interviewed several seamstresses for the sewing position. I then narrowed down the possibilities based on several key factors. When I had narrowed down the possibilities, I sent out materials and patterns to have the seamstresses produce a set of diaper bags and accessories, so that I could check out their workmanship and work ethic.
In the process, I had spoken to one lady that I had not chosen as a final possibility. Though it was a difficult decision not to include her in the final pick, I hadn’t chosen her only because I had allocated a set budget toward the first round of samples and hiring her would have gone over that budget.
Until the other day, when she sent a follow-up email asking how things were going.
When searching for a job, it is important that you not only express interest in the position by filling out an application and interviewing with key people but it is also important to follow up with a statement of interest. Send a thank you card for the interview; give a call a few days later; shoot off an email if you don´t hear back and ask if the position has been filled. You want to remain fresh in the employers mind.
In all honesty, the fact that this seamstress is so interested in the position has now changed my mind, and rather than wait until the rest of the samples are back, I´m going to hire her to prepare a set so I can include that in the group when I make my selection. If someone is so interested in a position that they continue to contact you after you have talked with them, then you know that they would be willing to work well for your company if hired.
So, if you are out there pounding the pavement looking for a new job, keep this in mind: Persistency is key. Make yourself stand out in the job-searching crowd by expressing your interest and following up. It just could be the difference between obtaining the job and not.