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Follow-Up Letters

Updated on February 16, 2013
Being a graduate doesn't always guarantee you a job!
Being a graduate doesn't always guarantee you a job! | Source

In this article we will talk about why you need a follow-up letter and how to write it. Communication is key in the job market. It is critical to initiate an appropriate level of contact to raise the odds of your becoming gainfully employed. If you have been on an interview, you will want to show both gratitude and interest in the position.

Why is it important to follow-up on a job interview?

When you go into a job interview, you are, in essence, selling yourself. You are one of many people competing for a position. You are one of many people who are skilled, talented and specially trained. It is a very competitive world and an education or training does not guarantee you a job. You will need to be able to convince a future employer why he/she should choose you over all the other candidates. A follow-up letter is one more tool to help you reach your goal. A well timed and well written follow-up/thank you letter will help you secure the job.

The right interview clothes, the right attitude and a good measure of follow-up!
The right interview clothes, the right attitude and a good measure of follow-up! | Source

Why write a follow-up letter?

A follow-up letter serves several purposes:

  • It lets the employer know that you are interested.
  • It reminds the employer who you are
  • It is an opportunity to reiterate your skills
  • It tells the employer that you respect their time

Example of a follow-up letter

Name

Address

Phone number

E-mail


Dear ___________,

I want to thank you for taking the time to talk to me about (Position applied for) I appreciate your consideration in interviewing me for this position.

After speaking with you, I believe that I would be a great candidate for this position as I posess the strong (analytical) skills, as well as the ability to (work with a team) that this position requires.

In addition to my enthusiasm for this position, I would also bring the technical skills and adaptability necessary to get the job done.

I am very interested in working for you and look forward to hearing from you regarding this position. If you have any further questions, feel free to contact me at (Cell phone)

Once again, thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,


"Your attitude not your aptitude will determine your altitude."~Zig Ziglar

What to include in your Follow-up letter

It is important to thank the interviewer(s) for their time. If you were given a tour, make sure to thank the guide, also. Name the position you interviewed for. Even if your interview went very well, don't assume that the interviewer will remember exactly who you are. They generally have many interviews to conduct as well run their businesses. The purpose of this letter is to both thank them and remind them who you are and why they should consider you. Your letter should be upbeat and outline those positive qualities that show your suitability for the position. Keep it light and keep it short. Make it easy for them to contact you.The letter should be sent as soon as possible, within 24 hours of the interview. A handwritten letter is always preferable but if time is of the essence, send it by e-mail.

"There is no certainty, only opportunity."~From the movie V For Vendetta (2005)

Resources for Follow-up Letters

Whether you are new at job hunting or newly unemployed, you are probably feeling a bit overwhelmed. There are so many rules and ettiquette to follow from the first phone call to the negotiation stage. Rest assured, for everything you will need along the way, there is a resource for it..You can find many of those resources online. Monster.com has a wealth of resource advice and forums and have sample resumes and cover letters, etc. If you prefer to work with someone, you may want to check with your local library. Many of them have a career resource counselor on staff or volunteers who come in. You may also prefer to use a "Head Hunter" or employment agency.The choice is up to you. Good luck!

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    • btrbell profile imageAUTHOR

      Randi Benlulu 

      5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Ryem! I appreciate it and good luck on the job hunt!

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      Ryem 

      5 years ago from Maryland

      btrbell, I actually just learned the importance of a follow up letter last week and wrote one right after an interview I had. It's great that you're sharing this info with other people who may have been in the dark like I was. I'm gonna pass this on!

    • btrbell profile imageAUTHOR

      Randi Benlulu 

      5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you for stopping by and commenting, donnah. The competition is so stiff lately, that anything (within reason) that helps you stand out, is feasible! My guy in the picture above is havig a terrible time getting past the first inquiry.

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      Donna Hilbrandt 

      5 years ago from Upstate New York

      What a good idea. Job hunting has become very impersonal these days. Often, the only way to apply is via email or an electronic job site. Actual physical address and phone numbers are often left out, as so many people apply. If you are lucky to get an interview, this follow up letter might make a person unique in the sea of applicants.

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      Randi Benlulu 

      5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Erica! I think it is very important too and I think you may also be opening other doors with that letter. I even sent a thank you to someone after they didn't hire me. You never know, sometimes new hires wash out quickly!

    • btrbell profile imageAUTHOR

      Randi Benlulu 

      5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Amanda! I so appreciate your enthusiasm and support!

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      SaffronBlossom 

      5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Very useful hub for jobhunters! I'm new to the job market and I made sure to write a follow-up letter (or email) as soon as I got home, even if I thought the interview went terribly. You really have to show you want the job in today's economy to make an impression.

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      Amanda 

      5 years ago from Camas, WA

      Thanks for this one btrbell. I knew writing a follow-up letter was important, but was lost as to how to write it. I learned a lot and learned how to do it! Thumbs up and useful!

    • btrbell profile imageAUTHOR

      Randi Benlulu 

      5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Eddy, thank you! You have a great weekend as well!

    • btrbell profile imageAUTHOR

      Randi Benlulu 

      5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Martin!

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      Eiddwen 

      5 years ago from Wales

      A great hub Randi and so useful to many I am sure. Thanks for sharing and I wish you a wonderful weekend.

      Eddy.

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      Martin Kloess 

      5 years ago from San Francisco

      Great council. Thank you

    • btrbell profile imageAUTHOR

      Randi Benlulu 

      5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Sunnie! Always great to see you here! Xo

      Randi

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      Sunnie Day 

      5 years ago

      A wonderful hub and very valuable information. I agree a follow up letter is always a good move. Thank you sharing my friend.

      Hugs,

      Sunnie

    • btrbell profile imageAUTHOR

      Randi Benlulu 

      5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Mary! Anything that gives you an edge is worth it. The boy in the pictures is my son. He graduated in May and didn't find a job until December. Part time seasonal at Macys. He is applying for jobs everyday. Thank you for your votes!

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      Mary Craig 

      5 years ago from New York

      This couldn't be more timely! When everyone is out there looking for a job, you need the extra edge and the follow-up letter could just be it. I agree with Bill, even if you don't get the position you applied for, another might come along and your follow-up letter may be the thing that reminds the employer to give you a call. Nicely done, especially the sample letter.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

    • btrbell profile imageAUTHOR

      Randi Benlulu 

      5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      You know, bill, I was going to add that because there is also the possibility that even though they didn't take you this time, you left a good enough impression that they will pass it on to another!

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      This is so important, Randi! I even write them when I am rejected by an agent or publisher. I want to leave them with a good, lasting impression. You never know when a friendly gesture can pay dividends down the road.

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      Randi Benlulu 

      5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Asumon,

      This hub was written with the definite purpose of writing a follow up/thank you letter after an interview. If you have been on or are planning on going to an interview, these are some suggestions in how to follow up. Thanks for stopping by!

    • btrbell profile imageAUTHOR

      Randi Benlulu 

      5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Carol,

      Thank you for stopping by! And for your votes and pin!

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      asumon 

      5 years ago

      i am ready to follow up. but whome?

    • btrbell profile imageAUTHOR

      Randi Benlulu 

      5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you Just Ask Susan. I was looking for statistics that could support the validity and success of follow up letters and wasn't able to find an accurate count. What I did find was that there are many employers who find it overkill.

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      carol stanley 

      5 years ago from Arizona

      follow up and follow up and follow up..that is what gets the job or anything. At least a better chance to get a job. Customer service and care and all that. resumes are some times useless and being creative is a necessity. Great hub Randi..Voting up and pinning.

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      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I agree with you, follow up and thank you letters are so important. I wonder how many people don't actually write them these days.

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