Tips for Writing Follow-Up Job Letters
An effective follow-up job letter may be the tiebreaker that gives you the win over other promising candidates after an interview. Your follow-up job letter creates goodwill that kick-starts your success when you join the company, even if the employer already planned to offer you the job.
The resume and the thank-you letter are book-ends for your interview: The resume is the “before” communicator of your high-value qualifications and the thank-you letter is the “after” chance to market yourself for the win.
The following are tips for presenting and delivering a letter that gets you noticed:
For an important job, a typed letter is impressive and memorable; send it by postal mail, or if time is short, via an overnight delivery service.
The letter can run two, even three pages, if it is flush with white space and easy to read.
Write a thank-you letter for the interview within 24 hours to strengthen the good impression you made in person.
When an employer leaves you twisting in the wind waiting for a hiring decision, try to think of new facts to add in a second or even third letter (send by postal mail, fax, courier, or e-mail).
After the third letter, switch to sending a note with a relevant news clipping or even an appropriate cartoon. The interviewer will know what’s going on, but at least you’re keeping your name where it can be seen; remember the truth of the adage, “Out of sight, out of mind.”