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What To Do If You Don’t Hear Back After A Job Interview


There are few things more agonizing than being enthusiastic about a job interview you’ve been to and not hearing back from the recruiter. You are left in suspense and when you are accepted for another position you fear they could call you when you are already hired in this other place. As long as you know how to follow up, there is nothing more you can do, so be patient. Not hearing from the recruiter happens more frequently than you imagine and many of us have experienced this as a job candidate.

To put it bluntly, it is rude for an employer not to give an answer to the rejected candidates. This can happen especially when there are many candidates or when the company representatives are overwhelmed with other tasks. It is easy to understand that anyone will make efforts to obtain what they desire (in this case, the favorite candidate) and not waste time rejecting what they don’t need. At other times, telling someone you are rejecting it can not only be unpleasant, but could also expose you to legal action.

On the other hand, as a candidate, you prefer negative feedback instead of no feedback at all. You need to know that you are no longer running for that position so you begin paying attention to other jobs.

Either way, if you want an answer, you should take the initiative. Following-up and showing how you could contribute to the activity of the company is a way of attracting attention. Even if you are annoyed with the employer’s lack of response, be polite in the follow-up email.

Reaching up to the employer and following up face-to-face, if you have the possibility, will help you understand their plans. If you are warmly received, there is still a chance of getting hired, while, if they don’t even remember you, you should move forward and forget about this job.

Anyhow, try to read between the lines and if your intuition tells you they are not considering you as a preferred candidate, get over it. Acting desperate will only affect your reputation and nobody will change their mind and hire you if you sent them 50 mails in a week.

The absolute don’ts in this case are desperate gestures like contacting the employer on their personal phone/email/address, criticizing the company on social media, complaining openly to the company or harassing them with calls and emails.

How To Write An Effective Cover Letter

A good cover letter is another step towards being hired. It is considered as an opportunity to distinguish yourself and explain better the reason why you are the perfect candidate for the position you are applying for. Some recruiters will consider the lack of the cover letter as a sign of laziness and disinterest, while a standard cover letter you are sending with each job application will not represent too much of an advantage either.

When it comes to writing a cover letter, there is no choice but to make it brilliant. You will feel satisfied and more self-confident and you will attract the employer’s attention. So here are some tips on how to write a cover letter that will send you directly to an interview.

  • Target your cover letter for the job you are applying for. You need to present your skills such as to highlight that you are suitable for that job. The cover letter must not copy the resume, but instead to show how your abilities relate to the requirements of the job.
  • Mention how you learned about the position and the title of the position you are applying for.
  • Use a general salutation if you do not know the name of the person who will be reading the letter. The most common and widely preferred are “Dear Hiring Manager”, “To whom it may concern”, “Dear Sir/Madam”.
  • Show the recruiter you have made some research and you know more about the company than the information included in the job description.
  • The tone of your letter should match the cultural organization of the company. When applying for a position at a bank, your letter should be more conservative.
  • If possible, start the letter with a strong opening sentence, which will distinguish your letter from the dozens beginning with “I am applying for…”
  • Show your enthusiasm; make your letter sound like you really care. Sending 10 authentic cover letters is more useful than sending dozens of resumes.
  • Your letter should be short and readable at a glance.
  • Inform the employer when you are available to start work.

Try to imagine you are the hiring manager and reading your own cover letter. Be objective and assess your letter. If it doesn’t attract your attention or if you don’t like it either, it won’t be successful.

Emigrating To Find Work

emigrating for work

While it is a well known fact that many people migrate to richer countries in order to find work and a higher standard of living, there is, in truth, a significant exodus from certain more developed nations as people seek more fulfilling work in other parts of the world.

In Britain, as many as 2 million working age people have emigrated in the past decade while Germany is experiencing its own problems as Germans leave and the population ages.

One reason for this is the growth in countries such as China, India, Brazil and others that have brought more jobs, particularly in skilled positions that have “Westerners” prepared to leave their homelands.

This is essentially a reverse of the ‘brain drain’ effect usually seen in less developed countries where skilled workers move to higher paying regions.

Of course there is also a lot of movement between rich countries with Americans heading to Britain, Germans moving to France, Australians ending up in America, and every other perceivable combination.

For those looking for work in the UK, they might want to try the new Universal Jobmatch service while those moving to Australia should try the official government website.

When emigrating to another country for work reasons, it is important that you know the rules for that country. While there is freedom of movement among EU states, places such as America and Australia have visa systems as do developing countries (although they tend to be less strict).

Make sure that you prepare many months in advance – just upping sticks and catching a flight to another country is not the way to go about things. If you can line up some job interviews before you leave then that will benefit you greatly.

Also try and get some sort of accommodation sorted before you go as you don’t want to end up living in a hotel or B&B, wasting money while you look for a more permanent solution.

And whatever you do, never overstay your welcome: if your visa is only for 3 years then either leave at the end of this period or apply for an extension – don’t just stay and hope that you don’t get into trouble.

Finally, familiarise yourself with the employment laws of the country you wish to move to; places like the UK have a minimum wage while others have laws on the number of hours worked so check any contract you get to ensure you are being treated fairly.