Staying Motivated When You Get a Busy Signal or No Response

You weren’t really looking for a new job but you have just found your dream job that can take you to the pinnacle of your career. You are a business owner or entrepreneur either starting out or with an established business who has found the perfect client/customer to take your business to the next level. It’s been two weeks since you had your dream job interview and it was a positive meeting that showed you were their ideal candidate and ended with “We should be back to you in a few days with an offer“. Two weeks ago, you did a great job on your pitch to the perfect client/customer and they seemed ready to buy and promised to get back to you with a decision within a few days.

Now, all you hear is silence…

You have followed up with the dream job employer with a handwritten thank you note and a telephone call and they have indicated that they are very busy and promised that they will get back to you soon. Still, there is silence. The perfect client/customer has received both a handwritten thank you note and a follow-up voicemail. Still, there is silence.

Here’s what not to do if things are stalled…

It is tempting but highly inadvisable to go to a place of doubt, blame and negativity. What did I do wrong? What could I have done better? What is wrong with me that they are not getting back to me? What is wrong with them that they are treating me this way?

To be honest, there is nothing wrong with you and nothing wrong with them. One possibility is that they have been become distracted by a more pressing priority. Another is that they thought that they were ready and that they had the power to make the decision. Something or someone, either a set of circumstances or someone who they work for or with has changed their minds at least for now. If you are the dream job seeker, this does not mean that they are not still interested in hiring you or, if you are the entrepreneur, that they are not still interested in buying your product/service.

Here’s what to do to move things forward…

Stay positive and put them first. Come up with a creative way of getting and keeping their attention. Send something to them or even better drop it off at their office. If you are the dream job seeker, you can grab their attention by sending or dropping off a one-page letter outlining a couple of great ideas of things that you would do in the dream job that can contribute to their success and the success of the organization. If you are the business owner or entrepreneur, you can grab their attention by sending or dropping off a sample of your product or a free introductory offer for your service. You need to show that you are still very interested to regain and increase their interest. If you put in this extra effort, even the busiest person will notice and they will at least get back to you to thank you for your efforts and you will have an opportunity to get things back on track. They will see you as a positive and motivated individual who is committed to excellence and will be a top performer in the dream job or who is great to do business with, makes it all about their clients/customers and provides a quality product/service.

Remember nothing ventured, nothing gained.


About The Motivator Minute

The Motivator Minute is written by "The Motivator" who for the past 18 years has been a motivational and leadership coach for business, life and career. She offers her international clientele a creative approach to coaching, training and promoting. Her greatest strength is that she gives her clients her energy, enthusiasm, knowledge, experience, a commitment to their success and an abundance of creative ideas. She is a coach, leader, facilitator and motivational speaker who supports, encourages and motivates individuals to make positive and lasting changes in their personal and professional lives. She specializes in working with entrepreneurs who want to achieve greater success through increased business and personal visibility and credibility; with individuals who are experiencing career and life transitions and with an organization’s leaders so that they can do and be their best on the job and in their lives. Please note that all material on this blog is original and copyright protected. Copyright 2011 The Motivator All rights reserved.
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