Guide to the Medical Sales Job Search: Follow Up

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Follow Up with Employers and Agencies
It’s easy to hit the “send” button and then forget all about your application, but proactive job seekers may want to follow up a few days later. Of course, you may not have anything more than an email address for the employer or recruiter who has posted the job, and if that is the case, you may want to do some research to find a phone number for the company or agency. Regardless of whether or not you have access to specific contact details, be sure to respect any instructions given in the job description regarding follow up. Don’t bombard the hiring manager or recruiter with phone calls if he or she has specified that they will contact candidates via email. If you have not heard anything in a week’s time, a single phone call or follow up email is acceptable, but respect the job poster’s communication preferences.

Likewise, how the job poster replies to your application will largely depend on your preferences. If you provide your personal email and phone number in your profile and/or resume, the job poster may contact you through either of these channels. If you do not wish to be contacted at your current work number and/or email, do not include it on your resume or anywhere else on the job application.

Use common sense when reaching out to recruiters and hiring managers. There is a clear line between proactive follow up and the “near-stalking” of recruiters! Online social networking sites provide a creative way to follow up, but learn the rules of engagement before you start doling out friend requests. If you are certain you have the experience the job demands, do your research and use multiple channels to pursue the position, but respect the recruiter and/or hiring manager and know when to step back and focus on other opportunities.

Online Social Networking for Medical Sales Networking
You know the drill – having coffee with colleagues, past and present; reconnecting with classmates and mentors; it can be as simple as getting a drink with friends or other reps after work. You’ve been networking your whole life. After all, everybody knows it’s not what you know, but who you know, right?

Even the internet can’t change the fact that who you know matters, but it has certainly changed how you keep in touch with them. Online social networking allows you to connect with recruiters and hiring managers without leaving the comfort of cyberspace.

With the growing popularity of LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter; it’s become apparent that online social networking is no longer just for teenagers. More and more medical sales professionals like you are using online social networking websites to advance their careers.

Read more about online social networking for your medical sales career on MedReps.com

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