Why the "Follow-Up" Is the Key to Career Success (+ Templates!)

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We’re all in sales.

This is something I say on the regular, and with good reason: No matter what field you work in, the art of selling yourself has never been more important. Ever. It's not enough to simply have skills. You've got to be able to pitch those skills, too. 

Which brings me to the follow-up. It may sound simple, but this trick is something I've used to great success and guess what? It works. Big time.

Inspired by this recent Medium post by Brendan Barbato, here are my personal templates for following up on meetings, calls, interviews and more.


1. AFTER A NETWORKING EVENT

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PRO TIPS:

Be specific. Templates only work if they're full of concrete reference points.

Follow up within 24 hours of the event. "Last night" works. "Last week"? Not so much. 

 

2. AFTER A JOB INTERVIEW

  PRO TIPS:  Always leave your interview follow up email until the next morning. There’s an element of playing at least slightly hard to get with jobs. 

PRO TIPS:

From my experience, the best time to send an interview follow-up email is the next morning.

Go one step further than saying saying "thank you" and link them to something professionally relevant. This can be a project you mentioned during the interview, a link to something you presented, or otherwise.

 

3. AFTER BRIEFLY MEETING SOMEONE INSPIRING

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PRO TIPS:

Don't be afraid to reach out to people. Sure, people are often busy, but most people are also kind. £100 says the person you're reaching out to will have sent many of these emails in their career.

Send one scary email a day. It gets easier every time you hit send and the secret to building a network is simple: Persistence

Bianca Bass