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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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