A week after posting your
CV/Resumé you should contact the companies by telephone. Your initial
feedback will be negative most likely. Do not be too disheartened, this is
to be expected.
Following that and until you get a
job or are asked to stop, you should phone each prospective employer at
the most weekly, probably better once every two weeks. This way your name
will stay in their minds but you will not annoy them too much. Keep your
phone contact short. After they have your CV on file, you only really need
to touch base. Keeping the girl from personnel hanging on the phone is not
going to magic a job out of the air. Help her to help you by just being
polite and brief. Eventually your efforts will pay dividends.
For those of you in the UK reading
this and are unemployed at this time or ex-forces it would be worth
contacting your local Employment Service or Job Centre and asking about
getting assistance with provision of envelopes, stamps, photocopying and
telephone calls. 'Job Club' provide all of these services for free and is
very handy when you have such a large amount of CVs to send off.
If you can get through to a
company's personnel department, (with a lot of companies it's hard to get
past the receptionist), ask for the person's name so you can ask for them
personally every time you phone that company.
You may be able to get the name by
asking the receptionist for the name of the person to whom you should post
your CV. Handing over your CV in person can often be to your benefit,
especially if you give a good impression of yourself. If you live far away
from their office it may be worth while introducing yourself after you
have been regularly sending your CV and phoning them. If the industry in
general is busy and you just don't seem to be getting anywhere by post and
phone, it may be worth the trip. I've know a few guys who have stayed a
couple of nights Aberdeen or Great Yarmouth and just toured the drilling
companies and employment agencies delivering their CVs in person during
While I was working with Rowan
Drilling, one guy even pitched a tent on the plot of land outside their
offices. He got a job!!!