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  • Meme of the Week
  • Article of the Week: The Right Way to Follow Up on Job Applications
  • New Job Opportunities
  • Win of the Week: Carbon Credits Are Getting More Transparent
  • Bummer of the Week: Starbucks Shutters Stores to Curb Union Activity

Meme of the Week

Article of the Week

The Right Way to Follow Up on Job Applications

Are your job applications getting left on read by your dream companies? If you feel like you're submitting top-notch applications to jobs you're perfect for and they aren't going anywhere, you may be missing on crucial step: the follow-up.

But here's the thing, you can't just slide into the company's DMs and be like, "yo bro, what's the deal?" There's an etiquette to following up on job applications. An art form, if you will.

Here's how you should follow up at every step of the job application process to increase your odds of landing your dream job.

After you submit an application:

  1. Wait at least two weeks.
  2. Send a follow-up email or call the hiring manager (hot tip: people prefer emails these days).
  3. Hiring managers are busy, and there's a fine line between politely following up and pestering. An email should be no more than three paragraphs, and a phone call should be under five minutes.
  4. Reiterate your interest in the position, briefly touch on the key qualifications that make you great for the role, and thank them for considering you.
  5. Leave them with your contact information to encourage them to schedule an interview.

If you're nervous, you can always ask ChatGPT to write a follow-up email for ya. Just make sure you tell that jokester to mind its manners.

Now let's say your perfect follow-up lands you an interview. What then? That's right: you gotta follow up again.

The interview follow-up actually starts before the interview even ends. Before you leave their office (or Zoom meeting), you should ask when you should hear about the next steps. That will give you an amount of time to wait before you check in again.

Here's how you follow up after a job interview:

  1. Send a thank you note: on the day after the interview, you can shoot the hiring manager a brief email to say thank you for the opportunity. Keep it super short, reiterate your gratitude and enthusiasm for the company, and then get outta there.
  2. Send a follow-up email: if the date when they said you would hear from them passes with no word, wait an additional week and then send a brief follow-up email. It should sound similar to the thank you note, but you can also ask them if they need any additional information from you.

Sending appropriate follow-up messages shows initiative and strong interest in the position. Just remember to play it cool and avoid overdoing it. With the right technique, following up may just land you your dream job.

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Win of the Week:

Thanks to Calyx Global, carbon credits are getting a lot more transparent. The Colorado-based carbon credit ratings platform helps buyers understand the social and environmental risks behind their carbon credits. The platform's goal is to avoid the exploitation of local people, human rights violations, and ecosystem damage.

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Bummer of the Week:

To wrap up a year of historic labor union activity, the National Labor Relations Board filed a complaint against Starbucks Corp for shuttering 23 stores to curb union activity. This complaint is one of 100 union busting complaints that the company has received since 2021.

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