Q. How many times is too many times to try to contact a potential employer? I've been submitting my resume to every job I can find, but I'm not getting any feedback at all. Even a "no" would be better than silence. I've tried repeatedly to call to follow-up, but I'm not sure where to draw the line between persistence and stalker.
A. This is the kind of question that really depends on the individual employers. Some employers will be impressed by your persistence and follow-through. Some will be bothered by constant calls. Understand that employers are busy and that hiring somebody is frequently not their primary task. It can take a while for them to get through a stack of resumes, and even then, they may not have time to respond to everybody. At a minimum, you should be safe making a follow-up call immediately after submitting your resume. If you have an e-mail address, then after a short time, you can also try to send a follow-up e-mail to reaffirm your interest and emphasize some other aspect of your experience as it relates to the position they're attempting to fill. If you know somebody in the company, and can work through them to get feedback on your status, or better, if you were able to submit your resume through them, then that opens a few more contact opportunities.