Guest Blogger The job market is fraught with competition and landing a coveted job can sometimes be difficult. Creating an impressive resume to grab the attention of your prospective employer is just the beginning. But this does not mean you can just sit back after an interview and wait for the organization to reach out to you.
If you haven't heard back from a potential employer 10 to 14 days after submitting a resume, you might want to send a follow-up letter. If the employer invited you to interview for the position, there's no need to send a letter; you can directly confirm the meeting by phone or email. The purpose of a follow-up letter is to show your continued interest in the position and to confirm that the hiring manager received your resume and cover letter.
Contact Information When you send a follow-up letter, address it to the hiring manager or contact person in the job listing. If specific names and department supervisors aren't mentioned in the listing, look up the company on the Internet and send the letter to the director of human resources.
If you submitted your resume online, send the follow-up letter to the same email address you used for your resume and cover letter. Avoid sending a letter to a generic recipient, such as "To Whom it May Concern" or "Human Resource Department," except as a last resort.
Content A follow-up letter to a resume submission must be concise and to the point. It's best to express your continued interest in the position, mention the date you sent your resume and state that you're just making sure the hiring manager received your information.
You can briefly comment on your educational background and specific skill sets, but keep the letter to one or two short paragraphs. The goal of a follow-up letter is to remind the employer of your interest and obtain a job interview. If you feel comfortable with the company and the job requirements, you can ask if it would be possible to set up an interview for the position.
Always include your contact information so the employer can call or email a response. Delivery In most cases, it's only acceptable to visit the company in person if you're asked to resubmit your resume or you're invited to interview for the position.
Otherwise, a resume submission follow-up letter should be mailed or emailed to the company or hiring agency. If the employer asks you to drop off another copy of your resume, you should dress in appropriate interview attire just in case the hiring manager wants to meet with you.
It's acceptable to call the employer and ask if the position has been filled if you don't receive a response to your follow-up letter.
Considerations Another type of career follow-up letter is a thank-you letter. A thank-you letter should only be sent if you've interviewed for the position and are expressing gratitude for the opportunity to interview.
A thank-you letter isn't an acceptable response after submitting a resume because it isn't a normal protocol to thank an employer for simply receiving your resume.
If the employer contacts you to confirm that the position was filled by another applicant, but you were seriously considered for the job, you might want to send a thank-you letter.
Your polite and attentive response might make a positive impression, leaving an open door for future job possibilities. References 2 Temple University: Her experiences as vice-president of an energy consulting firm have given her the opportunity to explore business writing and HR.
Tucker has a BA and holds Ohio teaching credentials.I had submitted numerous resumes and had heard nothing from anyone.
When I received your completed resume and cover letter I immediately started submitting resumes. Following up after the interview, or on a submitted application or resume, can make or break your chances of getting to the job offer. As a resume writer, I’m often called upon to create communications like follow up and thank you letters my clients can utilize for corresponding after an interview, or following up an a resume application.
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If you are passionate about everything that has to do with the company, then congratulations - you are probably on the right path.