Smart job seekers enhance their chances with effective follow up to their resumes. In today's market, job seekers cannot afford to wait for interviews to find them. Enticing cover letters and quality resumes are crucial, but a proper follow up may be the key to job seeking victory.
Prior to engaging your potential employer, do your company homework. Knowledge about the company as well as understanding the company's place in the industry will help you shine during the follow up process.
A follow up phone call or letter should reiterate your interest in the position and showcase your knowledge. Unless specified otherwise in the job listing, a follow up phone call may be your best bet.
Here are some phone tips:
- Introduce yourself and ask the employer for a few free minutes.
- Check on your resume as a point of further conversation.
- Be engaging and specific in your discussion.
- Ask the employer for any questions they may have. Be prepared to answer.
- Be polite and professional.
A letter is another way to keep an employer's attention during the hiring process. An effective letter should convey that you:
- Remain interested in the company's opportunities;
- Have specific knowledge that would benefit the company; and
- Are looking forward to further dialogue.