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How Not to Follow Up After a Job Interview

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    Heather Krasna, an expert in public-sector executive jobs, tells of a client who left a long-winded thank-you message on an executive's voicemail, directly reading from the thank-you letter she was going to send.

    “This was just weird from the employer's perspective and came across as too intense or desperate as well as an inappropriate use of voicemail,” Krasna said. “She would have been better off had she just mailed a thank-you note.”

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How Not to Follow Up After a Job Interview

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    Heather Krasna, an expert in public-sector executive jobs, tells of a client who left a long-winded thank-you message on an executive's voicemail, directly reading from the thank-you letter she was going to send.

    “This was just weird from the employer's perspective and came across as too intense or desperate as well as an inappropriate use of voicemail,” Krasna said. “She would have been better off had she just mailed a thank-you note.”

If you can craft an intelligent letter or e-mail to follow up after a job interview, it could be the tipping point that pushes you into the job candidate finalist category.

“The thank-you note remains one of the most overlooked marketing tools of the job search,” said Stephanie Daniel, vice president and group program manager at Keystone Associates, a career-management and transition services consultancy.

And then there’s the not-so-well-crafted message, which can put you, the job seeker, in the “loser” category. A number of professionals on the receiving end of follow-up e-mail, snailmail, FedEx packages, singing telegrams and other communications shared with TheLadders this rogues’ gallery of infamously inappropriate follow-ups. They caution readers: Do not to try this at home.

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