I want to share with you a few of the techniques that I used to get my new job. If you are looking, know that this stuff is important.
1) after the first interview, I followed up by sending a hand written thank you note to the hiring manager and the hr manager that interviewed me. Your note should be brief, genuine and need not be complicated. Try something like this:
Thank you for interviewing me yesterday. It was a pleasure to meet with you, and I am looking forward to learning more about this opportunity.
(If you aren’t interested in the position any longer, you can use the note to say that too).
2) the hiring manager hoped to get back to my by Tuesday. On Wednesday morning, not having heard anything just yet, I sent her an email asking to meet together so that I could ask her some questions about the position. We met on Thursday. I had a list of six, in-depth questions that highlighted both my understanding of what the area needed, as well as looking at some ways to support the team quickly upon my joining.
3) I called my references to let them know what was happening, and sent them a copy of the cover letter and resume that I had used to apply for the position. That way, they don’t have to wrack their brains for dates or specific projects that I worked on. The information is there, in their email.
4) I negotiated my salary, and did a great job of it for the first time ever. Often companies have a rule about the way that an internal promotion is handled, and they put restrictions on how much of a raise you can get. Don’t buy that on the first pass.
a. negotiate your salary with your boss, not the HR person
b. discuss a salary that fits the position and the experience that you bring to it, in terms of the value that you bring to the role. Be flexible, but also clear on what your expectations are, and why. Know what similar positions in your region are paying, if at all possible. Your new boss will be clear too, but you won’t be able to negotiate anything once you sign that letter, so know what you are getting yourself into. Remember that sometimes we negotiate money, and sometimes we can negotiate things like professional development opportunities, vacation time, benefits, hours of work (if they lowball, will they consider a 4-day week?), and so on.
Good luck! Getting a job in a recession might be a little more challenging than usual, but that makes it even more satisfying, see?