Whether you are searching for a job or not, follow up emails after meeting potential employers can be extremely important. In fact, if you ignore this important aspect of job searching, your chances of landing the position are greatly diminished.
It is easy to become overwhelmed by all the information that is available on the Internet about the best methods of communicating with companies and what to say in the follow up email after meeting them. While some may be completely ignoring follow up emails, there are still those who are hiring, however, who do not use follow up emails at all.
Here is some good advice that can save you a lot of time and money. I have tried this method myself when searching for a job. It was tough but it worked.
First of all, determine who the potential employer is. You need to know if they are familiar with social media or they have no clue. Even if they don’t use it, know whether or not they use it frequently and if it is something they really rely on.
You also want to get an idea as to what it takes to reach them. Are they accessible? Are they a company who will reply to emails quickly? These are questions you should answer before sending an email.
Your follow up email must be targeted, specific and written for them. One good rule of thumb is, if you are searching for a position in a particular location, send the follow up email directly to a person at their company to verify they actually exist in that region.
After that, ask yourself if they would actually take the position. If they do, be sure to say so in your follow up email. In case they do not, say that you hope they find out about your interest in the position and they will forward it to their HR department.
If the company would take the position, but there is no one to contact for further information, that is a good sign that they do not care enough to respond. This does not mean they will hire you, but it could mean that the company does not want to give a call or an email.
If they do not respond, send another follow up email. If that still does not work, give up and move on to the next company.
Before sending out a follow up email, however, make sure that you are not sending it to the wrong company. There are ways to find the appropriate company to send the follow up to. I recommend using Google Alerts.
Simply sign up and set up a free account. When you receive an email from a company you do not recognize, you can subscribe to the email and, once the message is sent, you can check back every two weeks to see if they have responded. Then you can start sending follow up emails.
When you send out a follow up email after meeting potential employers, you will know exactly what to say and exactly what to focus on. You will also avoid wasting a lot of time when there is no business need for you to contact them.