You must translate your plans into a series of actions that result in implementation of your job search. Throughout your job search you need to be aware of the importance of follow-up. Your follow-up activities will often move people to take positive action in your favor.
If, for example, you send a resume to an employer, you should follow up with a phone call or e-mail message to see if and when the employer will be making a decision to interview you. Ask for an interview.
If you interview for a job, send a thoughtful thank-you letter afterward and follow it up with a phone call in which you restate your interest in the job.
Successful job seekers relentlessly follow up, follow up, and follow up each of their job search activities until they get hired!
SOURCE: Adapted from Ron and Caryl Krannich, Ph.Ds, The Ex-Offender's Job Hunting Guide (Manassas Park, VA: Impact Publications). Copyright 2005. All rights reserved.