Last Updated Oct 21, 2010 11:37 AM EDT
The three lovesick (and mentally ill) men were convinced their intended targets were simply ignoring them, and so they escalated their contact efforts â€" a tactic familiar to almost anyone who has applied for a job and felt neglected by the level or lack of response.
The lesson here for job seekers: Don't be a stalker. In "Follow Up Without Being a Pest," TheLadders' Lisa Vaas talks with recruiting professionals about where to draw the line between persistence and harassment.
In addition to a range of correspondence tactics covering everything from phone calls to bouquets, the experts agree that job seekers must think strategically about their follow-up efforts. Your correspondence strategy should include frequency and medium of follow-up as well as the message you want to deliver.
Elene Cafasso, an executive and personal coach at Enerpace Inc., recommends clients wait a week after submitting a resume before they call. If they receive no reply to that call, they can follow up again by phone or e-mail three days later. And then that's it; no more calls, she said.