Change is Coming!

We all know change is inevitable, right? Well, after much thought and consideration, and nearly 30 years of improving resumes for people across the globe, Peterson’s has decided to wind down our interests in ResumeEdge. While the service will be temporarily unavailable to new users, there’s a new strategy in the works, and we hope to introduce a new version shortly – please check back soon for more information.

If you just signed up for ResumeEdge, don’t worry, we’ve got your back and will continue to provide you with our services through March 31st. We know that many of you have come to rely on ResumeEdge, and we want to thank you all for your trust in our product, and encourage you to come back for more information on how to access the new product.

Thank you again, and we’ll see you soon!

Do You Follow Up on Your Job Prospects?

AUTHOR: Darlene Zambruski
POSTED: July 26, 2011 at 12:42 pm

All too often candidates submit resumes then wait and wait and wait. When they hear absolutely nothing from the company where they’ve applied, they do several things:

1. Complain to their friends, spouse, significant other

2. Get angry or depressed about the lack of a reply

3. Forget about that job and look for another

4. Give up altogether – at least until their unemployment runs out

What they fail to do is to follow up on the job they really want by contacting the hiring manager/company again as a reminder of their talents, skills and abilities.

Submitting Your Resume is Only the Beginning

If you really want a certain position and you feel you’re well qualified for it, then don’t simply walk away if you haven’t heard anything. Wait two to three weeks and send a follow-up letter, along with another copy of your resume to the hiring manager, recruiter or the individual in charge.

Use a Follow-up Letter to Reiterate Your Interest

Details that should be in your follow-up letter:

1. Make it clear in the opening paragraph that you submitted your materials weeks before and you want to make certain that the hiring authority has received your data. This shows interest on your part and it also displays assertiveness.

2. Detail in the middle of your follow-up letter what qualifies you for the position – or at the very least, an interview. Be specific here – don’t generalize. For example: if you’re an accountant, don’t simply state “I’m an accountant”. So what? Hundreds of others who’ve applied probably have a similar background. Instead, show what you’ve accomplished. Did you save your last or current company money by streamlining processes? Did you reduce a tax penalty because of an error you caught? These are the kinds of achievements hiring managers most want to see.

3. End your follow-up letter proactively, especially if you didn’t end your cover letter that way. Request an interview to prove what you can do. State that you will be following up within the next few weeks to see if you can set up an interview (be certain to follow through). Again, this shows that you are interested in the job.

Never let an opportunity pass you by, then simply grumble about it because you weren’t chosen to interview. Send a follow-up letter and another copy of your achievement-focused resume to make the hiring manager and the company take notice.