The most difficult part of the job application process is sitting and waiting to hear back from employers. The suspense and anticipation can be almost unbearable. Even if it’s to say that you didn’t get the job, simply getting some sort of closure is always better than feeling as though your application could be drifting out into the void, unnoticed and unread.
Obviously, the goal should be to get the job. That’s why instead of waiting for the company to reach out to you, you should take advantage of this interim period to make yourself stand out from the other candidates.
One possible option is to reach out to whoever interviewed you and thank them for their time/consideration. This is a friendly gesture on your part and it serves as a casual reminder that they should take your candidacy seriously.
This follow-up could be accomplished through email or over the phone for a more personal touch. Either way, contacting them shows commitment and it ensures that they won’t forget about you.
The second and much more involved option is to put together some sort of a self-made project. This is a bit unorthodox, so proceed judiciously. Sending your potential employer a real, tangible sample of your work (instead of just a résumé) can strengthen your application substantially. For instance, if you’re applying to be a waiter, you could make a video of yourself reciting every item on a restaurant’s menu from memory. Or, if you’re applying to work in sales, record yourself making a killer sales pitch.
Maybe this is a bit over-the-top, but it shows that you’re proactive, determined, and willing to make yourself stand out from the pack.
A traditional job application is a very one-dimensional thing. It doesn’t give the full picture of who you are and what you’re capable of. So, if there’s anything that you feel was left off of your application or couldn’t possibly have been included, some supplementary materials will help make you a more unique and dynamic candidate.
When writers apply for writing jobs, they typically send in writing samples along with their application. The point of this is to show the potential employer what they’re capable of on a more tangible, three-dimensional level than a simple résumé.
Be diplomatic in your approach to sending in supplementary materials. Don’t suck up to the boss, and certainly don’t demean yourself by coming off as desperate. But, if you feel like there’s something more that you could be doing to strengthen your candidacy while you wait to hear back, by all means, do it.
Nobody’s ever been rejected from a job because they were TOO well-rounded of an applicant or because they submitted TOO comprehensive of an application. As long as your tasteful and strategic about it, supplementary application materials can only help your cause. It’s like a letter of recommendation that you write for yourself. Showing proactivity and confidence is something that any future employer will look upon favorably.
Whatever you do, don’t be idle. If you’re sitting there wondering when you’ll hear back from a business, take matters into your own hands! Reach out to them. Put the ball in their court. You won’t regret it.
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Thanks for reading, and good luck!