TNNWC Publications And Informational Products Division publishes The National Networker (TNNWC) Weekly Newsletter and The BLUE TUESDAY Report especially for entrepreneurs and early-stage venturers; free weekly subscriptions to these informative publications are available online to all entrepreneurial Members of TNNWC.

Membership in TNNWC is free (it's automatic for any subscriber to any TNNWC Publication) and available at our website. When you arrive there, just click on any of the JOIN US or BECOME a MEMBER buttons or links.

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Is Follow-up the Secret to Success?

By Jason Alba

Career Transition Editor

You know what we, as job seekers, hate? I mean really, really hate!

When recruiters, HR and hiring managers don’t follow up with us. That is one of the top complaints I hear throughout the country.

We send resumes in and we never hear back!

We leave voice mails and we don’t get a return call!

We shoot off e-mails and we don’t get a reply!

How disgusting! How rude! How inconsiderate!

How common it is to not follow-up. The funny thing is, I didn’t follow-up much in my job search. I was as bad as “they” were at following-up. And I hear from recruiters and hiring managers and HR that if we would just follow-up with a simple card, e-mail, or letter, we would really stand out.

Same thing with networking… if we would simply send a follow-up note, we would really stand out. Yet many of us don’t do it. Why not? Don’t want to inconvenience someone? It doesn’t matter – they’ll appreciate it, and you’ll definitely stand out. My advice is to keep the follow-up short.

I recently read a blog post by networking and job coach extraordinaire Alexandra Levit titled The Secret of My Success. She quickly dispels the idea that she’s going to brag about a lot of personal success, and states that her secret is to simply follow-up within 24 hours. That’s it.

Think about how you will stand out, be remembered, and put yourself forefront on other people’s minds. How powerful. How different. How important.

Alexandra suggests you take an hour a day to follow-up. This might sound like a lot, but it would ensure that you do follow-up, and perhaps it will help ensure the rest of your day is well-structured so you can take that hour. This might just result in a more effective day!

Can you be better at following-up? Shoot me an e-mail and share your follow-up success stories with me!

Jason Alba is the CEO and creator of, and author of “I’m on LinkedIn – Now What???” After a corporate downsizing impacted Jason in 2006, he experienced firsthand the difficulties of conducting a job search. Drawing on his extensive computer software and IT experience, Jason analyzed the job search process and developed, the gold standard in career management technology.

Widely acknowledged as a leading career management evangelist, Jason continues to spread the word to job seekers through his blog, He is co-author of “I’m on Facebook – Now What???”and offers tutorials on how to fulfill the role of being CEO of You, Inc.

Jason Alba is:

CEO of

Author of I’m on LinkedIn – Now What???

Co-author of I’m on Facebook – Now What???

Founder of CEO Training for Me Inc.

Forward/Share This Article With Colleagues And Social Media:

No comments:

Blog Archive

BNI News Feed

The Emergence of The Relationship Economy

The Emergence of The Relationship Economy
The Emergence of the Relationship Economy features TNNWC Founder, Adam J. Kovitz as a contributing author and contains some of his early work on The Laws of Relationship Capital. The book is available in hardcopy and e-book formats. With a forward written by Doc Searls (of Cluetrain Manifesto fame), it is considered a "must read" for anyone responsible for the strategic direction of their business. If you would like to purchase your own copy, please click the image above.


Site Credits:

Featured in Alltop
ALLTOP Business
News Wire. HOT.
Cool Javascript codes for websites  Fabulous Free Calendars

Create FREE graphics at