Sometimes the best way to get your resume out there is to go door to door/company to company and just start shaking hands. You’ll find that some people are very open to meeting with you for a few minutes or will set up a time for you to come back. If nothing else, they have your resume in their hands.
A Confusing Mess One of our readers just me about going company to company, and though he was getting a lot of successful responses, he had a hard time keeping up with the companies. Who had he spoken to at each company? Which companies did he follow up with already? Which companies did he email a ‘thank you’ to? He found himself in the middle of a confusing mess of company names.
Track the Interviews It’s always a good idea to track your interviews. After each interview, you’ll want to write down the company, who you met/spoke to, when you followed up and if you sent a thank you yet. These things are important since you want to make the best impression on every company you meet. You might also want to have a column for extra notes that you remember from your interview. You never know when that information might come in handy.
Start your own table:
|COMPANY||CONTACT||INTERVIEW||THANK YOU||FOLLOW UP||MISC/NOTES|
|Don’t Fluck It Up||Aimee||6/09||Yes||6/16||BIG on communication|
|Tittlemier LLC||Judy||6/10||Not yet||6/17||Looking to hire by July 1|
Everybody Wants You Another advantage you’ll have with tracking your interviews is that when they call back to offer you the job, you’ll be able to clearly remember your interview and know if you felt like you’d be a fit in that company. Hitting that pavement takes a lot of courage, determination and perseverance. It isn’t easy being rejected face to face, but it also shows a lot of heart. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t hear back right away, keep your chin up and look forward to more potential companies for you to meet.
Organization…ahh yes. When you’re organized, then your world will be more smooth and seamless when venturing out onto your interviews. Not only will this help in your interview tracking, but organizational skills are valuable in any workplace.