I submitted a resume and cover letter in response to a job vacancy 2.5 weeks ago but have heard nothing from the employer so far. What should my next follow-up step be?
The Career Doctor responds:
Jimmy Sweeney president of CareerJimmy and author of the www.Amazing-Cover-Letters.com advises sending an e-mail (as one option) to follow up if you haven’t heard from an employer within 10 days of applying with a resume and cover letter. Says Sweeney: “Professionals … often prefer e-mail for quick messages. Use this effective means to your advantage. Follow up your original cover letter with an e-mail reminder.”
Here’s the sample wording Sweeney suggests:
Dear Mr./Ms. Jones:
On June 23 I submitted a cover letter and resume to apply for the position of general accounts executive at Capricorn Enterprises Inc. I appreciate the fact that you have many applications to read. However I am committed to showing you that I am well qualified to fill this opening. Would you have 30 minutes available for an interview this week or next? You choose the date and time and I’ll be there prepared to talk and listen. Thank you for taking the time to read my request. I look forward to hearing from you and meeting you in person.
Joe Job Seeker