Career Moves: Follow-up

Sarah Taylor, Recruitment and Sales Manager at OSL Consulting, has over 20 years’ experience in recruiting both contract and permanent roles within the engineering sector. Actively involved in the engineering community, Sarah has hosted workshops and supported many engineers seeking employment. In this final article she discusses the final steps in the application process.

THE days following an interview can be painful, I’ve been there myself; constantly checking your phone and emails to see if there’s any feedback, over analysing every move and thinking about your next step. Stop all the fuss and refocus on the mission at hand – how you are going to secure your dream job.

Follow up

I’d strongly advise writing a follow-up email. Thank the organisation for the opportunity and reiterate to them why you are interested in them and their role. This can really make you stand out and will reinstate your position as a strong candidate within a competitive field. Make sure you address this email to your main point of contact throughout the recruitment process.   

The decision

So, you either got the job or you didn’t. Whichever the outcome, there are still some simple steps to take to ensure you’re making the most of each situation…

Better luck next time

Okay, so you were unsuccessful and didn’t secure the position, but don’t fret, there are still gains to be had. Make sure you ask for feedback, as most organisations are happy to provide candidates with reasoning behind their decision. Perhaps you were pipped at the post or didn’t have enough experience. Whatever the reason, you can use this feedback to tailor your next application or job interview. Even when faced with a “no”, remember to keep hold of your strengths and abilities and get back to the search.

You got it!

Well done, you got the job so what else is there left to do? Salary negotiation is important. You want to be sure you’re happy with the offer and you’re getting paid what you’re worth. My top tip is to always do your salary research beforehand. Base your figures on market data and be prepared to talk up what you bring to the table. Once you’ve got a salary offer you don’t need to accept straight away, take time to mull it over and be certain that you’re happy. If there’s no budge on salary then focus on additional employee perks, holiday days, flexi time or educational incentives.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my series of articles and I’m sure you’re well on the way to securing that dream position. Be sure to follow me on LinkedIn for updates on any seminars and workshops I may be hosting. Most importantly, good luck and all the best for the future.

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