Persistence Will Get You That Job

Persistence Will Get You That Job

If you don't hear back, don't let it be and persist!

Joel Bein
Joel Bein

This post originally appeared as issue 35 of the Daily Job Hunt email. Sign up for kick-butt career hype in your inbox each morning.


You applied to a job. If you’re smart, you researched and sent a custom pitch. No response.

Oh well, you tried! On to the next one.


Companies are busy, sometimes chaotic places. Hiring is usually a messy process that’s almost never the most urgent thing on anyone’s plate. Emails get lost, people forget, decisions take a long time, people procrastinate, etc. etc.

Not hearing back doesn’t mean you’re out. .

Send a followup every few days checking in. Hit up someone else in the company and say you pitched but haven’t heard and are really interested in the job. Don’t be afraid to persist.

If they give you a hard no, feel free to ask for feedback or advice. They may not feel comfortable giving it, but you lose nothing by asking.

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Joel Bein

Joel Bein is Chief of Content and Coaching at Career Hackers and passionate about personal growth and self-driven learning. As a trained musician, he is Founder of the New Orleans Chamber Players.