Magazine article Parks & Recreation

When Is Persistence Too Pushy?

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

When Is Persistence Too Pushy?

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Commercial Recreation and Tourism Section

With a sagging economy, many talented professionals and students are having a hard time finding the job of their dreams. So when you get to interview for a job you'd like, how much follow-up should you do before you look too desperate? That's what CRTS member Eileen Soisson asked, and she got differing responses.

"Persistence from a candidate can be a terrific quality, if it's focused and respectful. If a candidate follows up with a company or a recruiter minutes after they have sent a resume and say, 'I just wanted to see if you have received it yet,' this shows disrespect. A follow-up e-mail is more focused and respectful. Candidates need to read the requirements for jobs carefully. This shows respect and focus. When people send resumes three times for a job and yet their experience doesn't match, this is poor persistence. Persistence is good if you've been told by an interviewer that they'll call you in three days. If the candidate hasn't heard from that person, then it's critical to use persistence. However, if the candidate calls the next day, this is disrespectful and will hurt the candidate's chance for an interview."-Barry Peters, director of operations, Horizon Hospitality

"We surveyed human relations professionals who recruit for their organizations. …

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