So, you have applied for that dream job with the firm you admire more than any other, and it has been a couple of weeks with no reply. What should you do? You could ignore it—assuming that since you have not heard anything that the job simply was not meant to be. On the other hand, you could turn to technology! Today, more than ever before, technology makes it easier to connect and reconnect with people and organizations, including potential employers. Consider these three ways that you can use technology to get that callback.
- Make a Social Media Connection – LinkedIn is the natural choice, but other platforms can be useful too. Make a genuine social media connection with the organization. Once you are connected, send a short, sincere message stating that you are an applicant for “X position” and you are glad to connect with them on LinkedIn (or any other network). This opens the door for future communications.
- Skype – If you are a Skype user, look for a skype number or address for the company in question and add them to your contacts. This offers you the chance to present an alternate method of contact for you to reach the potential employer. Skype is becoming a very important tool in the business world, so using it may become more and more important.
- Send an E-mail Follow Up – Though it may not seem “techy” enough for some, sending an e-mail is a simple, classy way to follow up on an application or interview. It shows a company that you really mean business. In addition, you can inquire about other positions, provide alternate means of contact and open the lines of communications even further. E-mail is one of the lowest forms of high-tech, but it is still very useful in job hunting.
Before you find that perfect job, you may have a few near misses or missed connections. Do not worry! As long as you are proactive about connecting with employers using both old-fashioned means and new technology, you will eventually find the job that you are meant to hold. In the meantime, use that smartphone to browse new job listings, or update your profile on LinkedIn—it certainly couldn’t hurt anything, could it?