After you send out your cover letter and resume, if you don't hear anything within a week, it's a good idea to follow up with an email or phone call.
Email is a great follow-up tool because it reminds your contact person of who you are and the job you've applied for.
Tips on sending email follow-ups:
- Print your full name and the title of the position you applied for in the subject line.
- Write a professional note that reiterates your qualifications and interest in the job.
- Attach another copy of your resume as a backup. Don’t make your contact dig through a pile to find it.
- Include your full name in the file name of your resume.
- Proofread carefully before sending.
If you decide to follow up by phone, be sure to rehearse what you will say first.
Tips on phone follow-ups:
- Keep it short and sweet. Introduce yourself and remind the contact person that you recently submitted a resume.
- State the job you applied for and ask if they received your resume.
- Ask if there is anything else they need and inquire when they might have an answer on when the job will be filled.
In either case, it's good to be persistent about the job, but don’t be pushy. One follow-up email or call should be sufficient, unless your contact specifically asks you to check back with them at a later date.
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