Thank you notes for when you don’t get the offer

It's Friday Guerrilla and Friday is the best day to do two things:

  • book interviews for next week
  • fill your opportunity pipeline

It's also a great day to examine your job hunt progress. 

What progress have you made this week?  [Which employers are you going to speak with next week?]  How where your interviews?  Did you send thank you notes to everyone you talked to? Even the ones where you where not successful…. that's an often over looked source of leads.  Just because you didn't get the job or even the interview shouldn't stop you from saying thank you. 

Stop and think about this for a minute.  Have you ever gotten a thank you card from someone whom you didn't hire?  What would you think?  Crazy *&%#* Let me tell you how I would react –  yes I know CEOs and hiring managers in general will react this way – remember I do this for a living.

One of your best sources for leads to fill your pipeline are the people who turn you down. That’s right – and it doesn’t matter at what level in the company they’re at. They know who else is hiring … they also know which companies may have a problem you can solve BECAUSE they’ve just spent more than a few hours interviewing a ton of people. Talk about competitive intelligence!

Now you just need to follow up with a thank you note for the interview – expressing your sincere gratitude for their time and your interest in staying in touch.  And 5 days AFTER you mail the note you call them and ask who else among their colleagues has plans to:

  • Increase their sales this quarter
  • Take market share from competitors
  • Open new markets

Or what ever it is you specialize in….


Compliments of David E Perry and Kevin Donlin. For more creative job serach tactics go to the Guerrilla Marketing for job hunters blog and download the free audio CD.

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