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Follow-up Letters

AUTHOR: Darlene Zambruski
POSTED: April 26, 2011 at 11:23 am

Too many of us apply for a position, wait hopefully for that all important phone call or email, and then when it doesn’t come fall into a slump. For hours or days, we complain to anyone who might listen about rotten luck or forces we have no control over. Maybe our email was lost in cyberspace. Maybe the person who was supposed to read it, deleted it by mistake. Maybe the job posting was really an identity scam waiting to get our information.

Or maybe there were so many candidates applying for the same position, our resume and cover letter got lost in the avalanche.

You’ve Sent Your Resume – and Have Heard Nothing

So what do you do? Give up and move on? Most will. Of course, there are a few who will opt for a follow-up letter to remind the hiring manager or recruiter about their interest and expertise for the position.

Think that’s a waste of time if the first email received no response? Think again. Accidents do happen. Emails are deleted or never arrive. Harried hiring managers and recruiters may have opened your email, were interrupted, then closed it believing they’d already read its contents.

Since they did not, a follow-up letter will remind them of what they missed.

Use the Follow-Up Letter to Restate Your Interest

The letter should reiterate interest in the position and detail again, as the cover letter did, a candidate’s expertise and a request to interview.

Who knows, the follow-up letter may be what gets noticed. It may result in an interview. One thing is for certain, giving up will most certainly mean the job will never be yours.