04/25/2017 by Carney Sandoe Staff | Landing the Job
Don’t Miss the Message
We’ve mentioned it before, but it's worth repeating: missing and not responding to messages and emails from schools can be incredibly damaging in your job search. With multiple outlets for communication and multiple referrals and job opportunities to juggle, it can be difficult to keep track of everything and easy to forget to respond to that message or email or to return that voicemail. But when a school reaches out—regardless of whether or not you are interested in pursuing a position—it is imperative that you respond.
Many schools will use the Message Center in CandidateConnect to get in touch with candidates, particularly in the initial phases of a search. You may have seen messages from schools that ask you to confirm interest in a position, or which invite you to interview over the phone. When you receive such a message, it appears in your email inbox as well as in the Message Center.
If you’re not already doing it, you should get in the habit of checking the Message Center periodically to ensure you haven’t missed any correspondence with schools. If you want, you can respond directly via CandidateConnect and keep your conversation with a certain school in one place. Checking the Message Center frequently ensures that you don’t miss any correspondence from prospective employers, even if the email that’s automatically sent with a school’s message finds its way into your email spam folder and therefore goes unnoticed.
With the school year slowly starting to wind down, it’s important to stay on top of all channels of communication as hiring contacts are working to fill open positions before the summer. Make checking the Message Center a part of your daily job search process, as important as updating your documents, checking your referrals, and sending initial outreach to schools.
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