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159 seconds that could change your life

I don’t think this is my first post about post-interview follow-up. It definitely won’t be my last. Today, let’s just concentrate on the time (or lack thereof) that it takes to put together and send a thank-you email.

I had a great meeting with a potential client earlier this week (my version of an interview). I just put together a follow-up email that included the following:

  • A word of thanks
  • A few highlights of the conversation and where our service offering aligns
  • Request for next steps
  • Time to complete: 2 minutes 39 seconds

    In a previous post about thank-you emails, we noted that we had recently tracked that fewer than 20 percent of interviewees actually send follow-ups after an interview. So, in just under three minutes, you can easily differentiate yourself from your peers and increase your odds to be starting your dream job in two weeks.

    Happy Interviewing!

    P.S.: I showed this post to my wife, who occasionally moonlights as my editor. I thought it might need a little more fleshing out. She said, “It’s short and sweet, and says everything it needs to say. Just like a good thank-you note.” The moral of the story being, don’t overthink and procrastinate on your note; just GET IT DONE.

    Try Not To Suck

    At first glance, this advice may look like a pessimist’s view to interviewing (or doing anything, for that matter), but you can’t deny that it worked pretty well for Joe Maddon. He used the slogan as a foundational block of wisdom for his 2017 Chicago Cubs team, and they ended up winning their first World Series in 108 years.

    Sure, the Cubs had a whole lot of talent heading into the 2016 season, more than has been seen on the North Side since….well, maybe ever. But even with such a talented roster, the Cubs were still told by their chief, “Try not to suck.” Meaning? Solid defense, quality pitching, and limited mental errors. (Some baseball movie fans might recall a scene from Bull Durham that includes a similar summary of the fundamentals of the sport.)

    Today we talk about just that: the basics. Whether you’re a veteran to the workforce or a rookie looking for that big break, if you don’t follow the basic rules of the game, you’re bound to get tripped up–regardless of talent.

    Here is our list of the building blocks upon which a game-winning job search can be built. Some have a full blog post of their own (follow links), and others you will see in the near future.

    Interviewing Small Ball

  • Research the Company
  • Research your Interviewer and other Key Employees
  • Dress to Impress (To Suit or Not To Suit).
  • Bring a Notebook…AND TAKE NOTES
  • Have a Prepared List of Questions…and ASK Them
  • Be able to clearly explain what you are looking for in your next position/company & WHY
  • Follow-up and Say Thank You
  • Happy Interviewing!

    Revival @ Night

    Located below #WeAreWork Clark St and across the street form our longtime friends Synthesis, Revival Food Hall is a perfect spot for lunch or even an afterwork drink. We took this photo when we were leaving a #ChicagoInno event hosted by WeWork.

    ParkWhiz has a space for you…and possibly a new gig #techjobs #chicagostartup

    When our friend James Lewis went over to ParkWhiz to head up hiring, we were big fans of the app and knew that the company was a fast growing member of our tech community. But once James got settled in we wanted to see things from the inside.

    Last week James gave us a tour of the space and today we would love to share it with you. It is a great loft space and they have definitely made it there own. They have the obligatory ping pong table, but take a look at the slide.

    We really loved how they used the car theme to display the ParkWhiz core values. We met the woman responsible for this awesome project. She went out hunting for car parts that would best display each core value and would bring their culture to life.

    This was just one great story we heard as to how ParkWhiz works to maintain their customer and team centered culture. If you are looking for a team that works tireless to deliver high quality product and service to customers both internal and external then you need to slide on over to ParkWhiz.

    James is hiring aggressively to keep up with their growth; they have spots open in tech, sales and customer success. Reach out to him directly or give us a shout and we can make an intro.

    Heading to #TechWeekCHI? Why? Why Not?! Here is our two cents on how to get the most out of the week.

    First | Pick up your Ticket:
    Tech Week Tickets and Schedule

    Next | Get to the Hiring Fair on Wednesday 11-3:00 @ the Merchandise Mart
    If you are in the job market, there is not a better place to spend your time this week. Tech companies large and small gathered in one place for one reason – to talk to YOU. Look for us…we will be the ones in the bowling shirts and we have some great new roles for folks looking for a 2 digit employee number.

    Then | Hit up the Entrepreneur Expo on Thursday 10:30-5:30 @ the Merchandise Mart
    Part trade show. Part Networking event. Part Party. This event brings together the community in a very awesome way. Startups, investors, partners that support our bustling tech community in Chicago all in one place in a very unique and fun environment. I don’t know what they have in store this year, but in past years I have had beverages with future clients and gotten a shoe shine while hearing a pitch from a potential partner.

    Want more?
    What I listed so far is what you can take part in with just the free ticket. Move onto the next level ($100) and there are a ton of talks ranging from FinTech to how IoT will affect aviation. We are still trying to pick from all the great events, but I am sure the investment will pay off if you decide to make it.

    If you see us around say HI!

    Have a great Week!

    With new ownership, it looks like HERE will be a big part of the IoT ecosphere and the Chicago tech community for a long time to come

    I got my start in tech at the company where Navteq Corporation was born. Great to see Navteq evolving to take its place in the IoT revolution. Awesome story for the Chicago technology community.

    The road to self-driving cars winds through Here from Crains Chicago Buiness

    Happy 15th Birthday Red Circle

    This month we are celebrating 15 years of Circling. A couple weeks back we got together to toast the team. More photos are upcoming, but here is a video that looks back at our first 15 years:


    This One Eyed Robot Is Your Own Personal Minion, And It Makes Video Calls

    It actually reminded me more of Rocky’s robot in the fourth movie. Can you see using one of these in your home?


    Article: Windows users: Uninstall Apple’s QuickTime now

    Windows users: Uninstall Apple’s QuickTime now


    Competitive Total Comp+Coworkers support=Being treated fairly at work. Simple equation. Great read on #CompanyCulture

    During the hiring process more and more time is being spent discussing and evaluating company culture. Oddly, no one person, employer or tech professional, is defining culture in a common way. This article throws some light as to why we aren’t seeing a common definition of culture.

    Why Employees And Management Have Such Different Ideas About Company Culture

    Who do you think should be defining company culture? Is culture really defined at all or is it simply a curated set experiences, beliefs, and talents that a collective shares?