No Undo Button in Life: Follow-up on Job Leads to Avoid Missed Opportunities


Do you know those moments in life when you wish you had an “undo” button? (Unfortunately, pushing the button on this screen does not magically work in case you were wondering.) Last spring, a recruiter contacted me through LinkedIn about a job opportunity with a local glass company. For some reason, I completely disregarded the email with a quick response of “I’m not interested in sales positions.” Maybe, I reacted in this way because I had heard friends talk about their bad experiences with head hunters? Or maybe, it was the fact that I had been spammed with emails about insurance sales positions after posting my resume on Monster.com?

During a recent local job search, I ran across ads for internships at a local ThermoFisher Scientific subsidiary company, which just happens to be a glass company. Quickly, I scrambled to dig out the old email from the recruiter and was able to read it more clearly: (1) The unnamed local glass company referenced was most likely an industrial leader of lab glassware; and (2) the position title was listed as a “technical product manager” in the email (not a sales person). Of course, I immediately emailed the recruiter to apologize for blowing him off months ago, but I missed an opportunity to learn more about the position and to network with a professional recruiter and industry. In this case, a short phone call with the recruiter would have been worth the time.

LESSON LEARNED…the Hard Way: Follow-up on legitimate job leads to gain more information about the position/company and to build further networking connections—Even if the job does not seem like a good fit, a recruiter or potential employer may know of other potential job openings.

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