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What Should You Do After a Job Interview?Read More
Although most job seekers do a lot of prep before their interview, few do much, if anything, once it’s all over. But making contact after your job interview, provided you go about it the right way, will keep your meeting fresh in an employer’s mind and can help seal the deal.
Here are a few ideas for improving your chances of getting a call-back.
Send a thank you note
Sending a brief note or email thanking the interviewer for their time demonstrates that you are serious about getting the job. These days, thank you emails are much more common than handwritten notes, but if the company or hiring manager seems more traditional they may appreciate a personal touch.
Make sure you include the hiring manager’s name, the job title and a brief mention of any specifics that were discussed during the interview. You can close by expressing your appreciation for the opportunity, reiterating your interest in the position and leaving your contact details.
Follow up on something you discussed during the interview
The thank you email or note also gives you a chance to follow up on any interview questions you feel you didn’t answer as well as you could have.
If it feels appropriate to do so, you could also include a sample of your work that you didn’t have time to get into during the interview, or maybe even include a link to a book or article that relates to a topic you discussed.
Be patient and follow instructions
Although waiting to hear back is probably the most uncomfortable part of the process, if you were told you would hear back within two weeks, don’t call the hiring manager two days later and ask if they have reached a decision yet.
Checking in repeatedly after you were told to wait can be seen as overly aggressive and could even ruin your chances of being chosen.
Once you’ve sent your thank-you note, try to be patient and follow the instructions you were given. If you don’t hear back at the appointed time you probably weren’t chosen for the job, but you can still call or leave a message to get a confirmation.
Learn from your mistakes
After each job interview, it’s a good idea to make a checklist of what you feel went well and also what you would like to do better the next time around. Even if you don’t ace every job interview you go to, you can still learn something valuable from each one.
If you’re notified that the job has gone to someone else, you can thank the hiring manager for letting you know and ask if they would be willing to provide any feedback on how your interview went and what you could do in the future to improve your chances of being hired.
How to Find Your Freelance Writing NicheRead More
Finding a writing niche is an important step for every freelance writer, because having at least one specialty will help you build a more streamlined portfolio, find clients with whom you can work on an ongoing basis, and research and write more efficiently.
But how do you go about finding and developing your niche? You can start by asking yourself the following questions to narrow down your options.
What is your background and experience like?
This is usually the best place to start, as having firsthand experience with something will make it easier for you to write knowledgeably about it.
Do you currently have a day job you could draw on for inspiration? Have you travelled extensively for work? Perhaps you once worked in finance or have a lot of experience in customer service. Maybe you recently started teaching yoga or have always loved and owned dogs, or maybe there’s a hobby you’re especially passionate about.
The point is that regardless of your background or age, you have experience that makes you an expert on something, whether it’s health and fitness, psychology, pet-ownership or finance.
Who you want to write for?Figuring out who you’d most like to write for is another good way to find and develop your niche. Think back on some of the things you’ve written in the past; who did you imagine would read and enjoy it? Young adults? Working mums? Entrepreneurs? Fitness enthusiasts?
Once you know who you want to write for, you can tailor everything you write for that audience even if the topics vary for different publications or clients.
For example, if you know you want to write for working mums, you can focus on that audience and pitch yourself as an expert on the subject while still covering a wide range of topics from parenting to nutrition to work-life balance.
What do you enjoy reading about?
If after asking yourself the above questions you still can’t narrow it down to one or two specialties, it might help to think about what you enjoy reading, because the things you enjoy reading about are often the things you’ll enjoy writing about too.
What sort of blogs do you follow online? Are there any topics you love reading about? What kind of writers do you follow on Twitter? Have you set up any news alerts for specific keywords?Keep in mind that having a niche or specialty doesn’t mean you’ll never cover other topics in other industries; it just means that it will become easier for you to pitch your ideas to editors and clients in that niche or industry.