Fall Recruiting Hack: Did the recruiter click on my email?


Technology has come a long way.

Back in the olden days, you’d send a letter and who knew if they ever received it.

Unfortunately, even today, if you use Gmail, or Yahoo, you still don’t always know.

But now you can change that.

Will some very sneaky and FREE technology, you can see:

  • Whether the recruiter or firm contact opened you email
  • How many times they opened your email
  • What they clicked on, including attachments
This can make a HUGE difference when you start contacting people whom:
  • You’ve never met
  • Are guessing their email address
    • See this post for more information on email research

So now you want the sneaky secret, here are two of the providers you can use:



Both of which have a 30-day free trial and work with Gmail and I believe other mail providers as well! My recommendation would be to use them in September and October as those are the months where the action is the hottest.

Also, if you do decide to purchase the services, they can be as little as $4/mo.

Now that you have this service, use it with caution. Never say:

Hey, I saw you clicked on my email, why didn’t you respond?”

That would be a bad idea.

Simply use this information to help you make decisions about when to follow up on previously sent emails!

To get you started, here is my advice for following up with recruiters and accounting firm contacts if you’ve sent your resume and cover letter and you’ve never met them in person:

  • 2 days later – Follow up 1 (call if possible)
  • 5 days later – Follow up 2 (call if possible)
  • 7 days later – Follow up 3
  • 14 days later – Follow up 3
  • Research a new contact at the firm, start over

With this software, you’ll be able to see, are they getting the emails? Clicking on the attachments? Regardless, keep following up as shown above. Persistence pays and think about it:

You haven’t met these people, you have NOTHING to lose and everything to gain. Don’t assume they don’t want to respond, people get busy and forget emails. Send friendly and enthusiastic follow-ups, I think you’ll be surprised at the response!

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