Send Thank-You Even When No Job Interview Is Offered?

John writes:
I sent a resume to a startup company. They say that they won’t be doing any hiring for several weeks but they will keep my resume on file. Is a thank you/followup appropriate? If so what should the timing be?

The Career Doctor responds:
A thank-you might be a bit unusual but it certainly wouldn’t hurt: “Thank you for keeping me in mind for future openings; I’d appreciate leaning about them as they develop.”

Followup is always appropriate. It wouldn’t hurt to send the thank-you right away but since the employer may be hiring in a few weeks waiting till then will serve to remind the recipient of you closer to the time.
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