And if they still don’t reply, put them on a separate contact list and set reminders to follow up in six months’ time. Don’t let them go too quickly!
It’s so easy to want to write someone off, especially if they’ve ignored three emails in a row, but I beg you: don’t dismiss them all together. Yes, it’s rude to blank someone, but if you’re not top priority in their life, then you have to learn not to take it personally.
Before starting my old job, I’d applied for a role there two years previously. I’d contacted the managing director on LinkedIn to ask when they’d be reviewing, and he said it would be in the coming weeks – but I never heard back. I could have sulked and told myself I wasn’t good enough, but I’d always wanted to work for them. Two years later, I reconnected with him, detailed what I’d been doing since, and one week later I got a job there that hadn’t been advertised.
Don’t let setbacks be a permanent tattoo of failure – have faith that, one day, that contact will help you if you make yourself top of mind.