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When Not to Send a Follow-Up Email

Alexis Perrotta

When Not to Send a Follow-Up Email

In this busy season, we're all dealing with a little extra on our proverbial plates.

Whether you're on day five of all-family-all-the-time, out volunteering in your community, or just trying to make it to 2018, adding anything on top of your job search can leave you feeling frazzled, and even worse, completely out of control.

This time of year, lot's of job seekers experience the all-too-familiar waiting game. You send off your of resume, and then, you just kind of wait. It can be maddening; we know the feeling.

But here's a friendly reminder! On the other end of what may seem like an application-black-hole, there sits one (or two or three) hiring managers or HR professionals doing their best to spot the most talented and appropriate candidates, often among hundreds. And don't forget, these same folks are often juggling many of the things that you are this time of year: work, family, holidays, vacation, volunteering, etc.

So, if you sent in your resume a while back and you're wondering whether or not it's cool to reach out real quick even though the listing on Idealist.org specifically said "No inquiries, please," we have a tool for you!

Use this handy decision tree to determine whether or not you should hit send on that innocent follow-up email you've been drafting.

While it may not hold the sage wisdom you were hoping for, we do hope that it elicited a chuckle (and convinced you to hold off on that email?).


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Alexis Perrotta

As the Senior Editor at Idealist and a lifelong nonprofit professional, Alexis offers job seekers, game changers, and do gooders actionable tips, career resources, and social-impact advice.

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