When I first started applying to jobs during my senior year of college (a loooong time ago), I found myself emailing my resume 50+ times a week, all over the country. After months of hardly any responses, frustration started to kick in and thought to myself, “There’s a good chance I might actually not have a job after I graduate, regardless that I started applying for jobs in January.” I eventually graduated and found myself moving back home to Connecticut, thinking my last six months of job applying was such a waste of time. One Sunday night, instead of searching job boards all day, every day, I started researching how to differentiate myself from other applicants, seeing that the jobs I was applying to were receiving thousands of resumes.
I eventually realized that my biggest problem was my fear of “bugging someone” by constantly following up. At first, I’d send my resume out and if I didn’t receive a response, a week later I’d send it again. If I didn’t receive a response again, I gave up on that job application. Finally, I found a job posting for a Junior Publicist position at a TV studio and knew I had to get it. The job description sounded like my absolute dream job and knew it was the perfect entry-level position to get me ready for a long career in public relations.
That very night, I crafted my cover letter around the job description and sent over my resume. Fortunately, I received a call the next night, requesting I come to the studio for an interview. Once the first interview was completed, I knew I didn’t know how to do everything the job required, but was confident that I could learn it. I get home from the interview and immediately send a thank you follow up email. Two days go by and no response. I thought to myself, “Is this just another job I’m not going to get?” I decide to get over my fear of following up too much, and sent over an email to the interviewer, asking how the interview process was coming along.
Two days later I send another email. Finally, I get a phone call! I made it to the second round for a phone interview conference call. The phone interview went well, but it wasn’t great. They end the call, telling me they’ll be in touch.
One day… two days… three days… an entire week and no word. At this point, I thought, “Well what the heck, if I follow up again, what’s the worst that can happen? They think I’m annoying but at least they know I’m persistent?”
I follow up.
I’m now asked to complete a project and provide the interviewer with three pitch ideas for their clients. I get to work immediately and send it within hours of their request.
A day goes by… and another. At this point, I knew that I had to have been in at least the top three potential candidates.
Finally, after waiting another week, I get a call…. thinking it was to schedule a third interview. To my surprise, I get offered the job, which obviously leads me to start jumping with joy.
Two weeks later, it’s my first day. I ask, “So, how come you picked me?” My new boss’s response?” Because you were so persistent in your follow ups. If you can’t do that to get the job, you most certainly won’t know to do that as a publicist.”