Dear Classy Career Girl,
I have been helping my friend with the job search and updating her resume. I suggested in her cover letter that she say she would follow up with them in a week and now she’s wondering what you actually say in that phone call or email. I wouldn’t say I just wing calls like that, but I more or less let them know who I am and remind them I submitted a resume and for what position. We are trying to give her a list of “what to say” after that, if she needs it. Any suggestions?
Follow Up Friend
What to Say When You Follow Up After Your Submit Your Resume
Dear Follow Up Friend,
That is so nice of you to help your friend! Yes, I think that is a great idea to say that you will follow up in your cover letter. You definitely don’t want them to forget about you! But you also want to make sure that you aren’t annoying either. So I wouldn’t stalk them but a gentle reminder that you are still interested with what you can bring to the table is definitely a great idea!
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So I think you can follow up with a phone call or an email. Either way you want to have ready the following list of things:
Why you would be perfect for this position showing that you can meet (as much as possible) the qualifications in the job description
Knowledge of the company – you want to show that you have researched the company and how you can directly benefit the company
Knowledge of the person that you are following up with – You MUST know their name and title and have done some research about them on LinkedIn or the Internet