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Old 06-13-2010, 04:07 PM
 
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Thanks everyone I appreciate the feedback. I realize going into the nonprfit sector can be difficult but they are hiring for procurement for their facility and most of my corporate background is procurement. When I sent in my resume it was directly to the HR person, they gave two alternatives, submitting on the website through a software program or directly to the HR person's email. I chose to send it to the email. I got an out of office response with 3 other people in her dept's names, numbers and emails that were her backup. Then the following day I received an email from her saying she got my email and resume. So it's a little different situation than most jobs I've applied to that were definitely robotic responses. I did notice that if applying through the website there are all kinds of other questions asked in addition to submitting your resume. So one of the things I thought to maybe ask if I called is if it would help for me to apply there also. That way they could have the other questions answered and if I did that , should I resubmit my resume or just reference that this person has it? I do have a lot of non-profit experience but it is all volunteer . I stated that in my cover letter and do tailor my resume and cover letter specifically to each job I apply to depending on what the job announcement details. I know about the key words software used.

Anyway thanks again everyone
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Old 06-13-2010, 06:33 PM
 
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Calling to say what? "Did you get my resume?
As a CAREER COUNSELOR, I'm disappointed with you TV ... Followup demonstrates that you care about the job and might give you an opportunity to communicate directly with the hiring manager. Applying to jobs via the internet should not be the ONLY way of searching for work. Networking is essential.
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Old 06-13-2010, 06:54 PM
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As a CAREER COUNSELOR, I'm disappointed with you TV ... Followup demonstrates that you care about the job and might give you an opportunity to communicate directly with the hiring manager. Applying to jobs via the internet should not be the ONLY way of searching for work. Networking is essential.
I never ever ever picked up a phone to call an employer and do not recommend it. I had 2 interviews at one job and still refused to call for follow up because I wanted to maintain my appeal as a candidate.
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Old 06-13-2010, 07:10 PM
 
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Thanks everyone I appreciate the feedback. I realize going into the nonprfit sector can be difficult but they are hiring for procurement for their facility and most of my corporate background is procurement. When I sent in my resume it was directly to the HR person, they gave two alternatives, submitting on the website through a software program or directly to the HR person's email. I chose to send it to the email. I got an out of office response with 3 other people in her dept's names, numbers and emails that were her backup. Then the following day I received an email from her saying she got my email and resume. So it's a little different situation than most jobs I've applied to that were definitely robotic responses. I did notice that if applying through the website there are all kinds of other questions asked in addition to submitting your resume. So one of the things I thought to maybe ask if I called is if it would help for me to apply there also. That way they could have the other questions answered and if I did that , should I resubmit my resume or just reference that this person has it? I do have a lot of non-profit experience but it is all volunteer . I stated that in my cover letter and do tailor my resume and cover letter specifically to each job I apply to depending on what the job announcement details. I know about the key words software used.

Anyway thanks again everyone
it seems you're doing everything you can be doing, short of being a pest to the employer. i think following up is important but i also believe that once HR gets to your resume and associated application, they will contact you... however long that'll take.

if you want to followup, i personally suggest going with email as it's more impersonal and not direct to the HR person. this means they can respond back anytime they want. my rationale is that if you call and the HR rep answers, you're essentially putting the person on the spot and they may/may not feel comfortable discussing the status with you per say especially if you're not in the running anymore.

perhaps another thing you can do is if you don't hear anything back after awhile, resubmit your application after a few weeks or so just in case it got stuck somewhere in the process.
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Old 06-13-2010, 07:44 PM
 
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I never ever ever picked up a phone to call an employer and do not recommend it. I had 2 interviews at one job and still refused to call for follow up because I wanted to maintain my appeal as a candidate.

LOL sounds like you are applying the "Rules" to employment now...
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Old 06-13-2010, 07:46 PM
 
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it seems you're doing everything you can be doing, short of being a pest to the employer. i think following up is important but i also believe that once HR gets to your resume and associated application, they will contact you... however long that'll take.

if you want to followup, i personally suggest going with email as it's more impersonal and not direct to the HR person. this means they can respond back anytime they want. my rationale is that if you call and the HR rep answers, you're essentially putting the person on the spot and they may/may not feel comfortable discussing the status with you per say especially if you're not in the running anymore.

perhaps another thing you can do is if you don't hear anything back after awhile, resubmit your application after a few weeks or so just in case it got stuck somewhere in the process.
yea I definitely don't want to be a pest or bother them, just trying to stand out somehow or make a personal connection. I like your idea about resubmitting, especially since I didnt on the website yet. I think I'll wait another week and do that.
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Old 06-13-2010, 07:52 PM
 
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As a CAREER COUNSELOR, I'm disappointed with you TV ... Followup demonstrates that you care about the job and might give you an opportunity to communicate directly with the hiring manager. Applying to jobs via the internet should not be the ONLY way of searching for work. Networking is essential.
Exactly! I went through a 4 month program with Lee, Hecht, Harrison and these types of things were brought up constantly. There are many different ways to network and some of the things they brought up seemed
a little "pesty" to me but they see the results and market these tips. Unfortunately this situation is different than anything that came up while I had that training so I am happy to hear what others think. There's a line between being showing interest and being a pest... I'm just trying to make it to the interest level
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Old 06-13-2010, 09:18 PM
 
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I never ever ever picked up a phone to call an employer and do not recommend it. I had 2 interviews at one job and still refused to call for follow up because I wanted to maintain my appeal as a candidate.
Do you endorse sending thank you letters?
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Old 06-13-2010, 09:26 PM
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Do you endorse sending thank you letters?

Sometimes I saw no point because I felt the interviewer would have made up their mind on whether you are the person for the job before they receive the thank you letter. But I actually sent 2 thank you letters because I was about 5 weeks away from my unemployment running out and after my 2nd interview I sent another thank you letter-lol


I know that probably was a bit much but they did offer me the job but I received an offer from another company that was paying more and in walking distance.
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Old 06-14-2010, 12:09 PM
 
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Calling to say what? "Did you get my resume?
Also TV, if someone just submits resumes via email, fax or snail mail without following up; how are they going to know when there was an issue with the transmission and that HR never got the resume? Things do get lost through the mail, fax machines can lose memory when disconnected and attachments can get corrupted within an email.
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