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Suggestion 7: It’s a 2-way street – just because I want you doesn’t mean you want me – and that’s OK

Some day soon you’ll get the position you’re been seeking. In the meantime, you’ve applied for a variety of positions and eventually one or more of those companies has called you.

 

It’s always flattering to get that call and know of a company’s interest in you. But it’s perfectly all right if you’ve decided that you are no longer interested in pursuing that position – even if you don’t yet have a job. While I always recommend taking the opportunity to talk to a potential employer, if you’ve decided that the position is no longer suitable, it’s fine to tell that to the person who has called you.

 

When I call you, you are usually one of a short list of 2-4 candidates for a position. The phone call allows me to further understand your suitability beyond what’s in the CV and cover letter I’ve received.

 

But just because I finally get in touch with you doesn’t mean that you still want me (aka the position in my company).

 

If you’re smart (and I know you are because you’re reading this blog), make an offer to keep in touch with me such as through a LinkedIn invite.

 

You never know when someday there will be an opportunity that is right for both of us!

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