Should You Ever Tone Down Your Job Search?

Should You Ever Tone Down Your Job Search

Self-confidence is a quality you want to demonstrate throughout your job search. But there’s a fine line between being professionally assertive and becoming aggressive or obnoxious to a potential employer. Knowing when to tone it down can be key to your success in making the right impression on a hiring manager.

Practice networking etiquette.

Networking is at the core of your job search strategy. Like all your other plans and tactics, it must be handled appropriately, even if the going gets tough.

  • Engage in meaningful conversations and connections. Don’t just mass distribute your resume online or at networking events.
  • It takes time. Networking is all about relationship building, and the best relationships don’t just spring up overnight. Do your research, ask thoughtful questions, listen actively, and wait patiently for the right time to make a specific request.

Know your interviewer.

Be perceptive enough to understand your interviewer’s style and personality. At the end of your conversation, they will likely ask if you have any questions of your own – and you should. But don’t put them on the spot by coming right out and asking, “So, do I have the job?” Unless it’s a rare case where you know they’ll appreciate this level of directness.

Generally, defaulting to a hard-sell question leaves a bad taste in a hiring manager’s mouth.

Follow up appropriately.

Whether you’re following up after submitting your resume or after an interview, be careful not to sabotage your efforts with the wrong approach.

  • It’s not up to you to schedule an interview. It’s up to the hiring manager. Don’t assume that you can simply call and make an appointment. This is overstepping your boundaries as a candidate.
  • Follow up without being annoying. For example, conclude your email message by stating that, “I would welcome the opportunity to speak (or speak further) with you about my qualifications.” Be pleasantly persistent.
  • Don’t take it personally if you don’t hear back right away. Hiring managers can be very busy people. Maintain a polite tone throughout your telephone or email thread. Show that you’re friendly, professional, and considerate of their time.

Actions speak louder than words.

Don’t just declare that “I’m the best person for the job.” Demonstrate it through anecdotes of your previous accomplishments. You’ll come across as less push and generic and more convincing. Have these anecdotes lined up ahead of time and rehearse them, as you do your full interview.

As you move forward in your successful job search, consider partnering with a specialized recruiter from CPS Recruitment®. For more information, check our out candidate resource center or contact us today.


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