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Write a Follow-Up Email That Gets a Response

You’ve submitted your resume and you’re waiting for a response.  Should you keep staring at your phone, hoping they’ll call to schedule an interview?  Or take action?  waiting-for-a-response-phone

Ah ha!  You decide to write a follow-up email.  Perhaps it looks something like this:

Hi Tom,

I just wanted to follow-up on the status of my resume.  If you need anything else from me, let me know.

Thanks,

Jerry

Simple.  To the point.  That should do it, right?

Not quite.  The email above essentially translates to, “Hi, I’m hoping this email will get you to notice me and give me an update, which only benefits me, and btw- I have nothing important to share.”

When you look at that way, it seems a bit selfish and probably not the best approach to getting a response.  At Employment Solutions, we believe it’s all about doing your homework and giving first, in order to receive.

Before creating a revised version of the email above, you’ll need to gather some key information:

  • Do a quick Google search on the company.  Any breaking news you should know?
  • Visit their social media pages (LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, etc.)  Any interesting tweets or posts there?
  • Look for all press releases related to the company.  Any new construction, or additional services they now offer?
  • Focus on news that your contact may find interesting, based on their role in the company.
  • Look for a blog post, online article, or ebook written by your contact or someone else in the company.

Once you’ve collected this information, it’s time to put it into action.  Here’s a follow-up email that’s sure to get a response.  Take two:

Hi Tom,

Things seem to be going quite well at (Company Name) right now.  After reading your blog, I saw a post about the XYZ Grand Opening in (City, State) and I can’t wait to check it out.  Everytime I drive by, I’m hoping the construction is complete.  Honestly, I’d love to be the first person to walk through those doors.

Also, in (Publication) they mentioned the (City, State) Grand Opening and talked about the new products that will be offered at that location.  It got me thinking about the different ways to sell (product), especially now that demos are available.

I would love to be part of team that creates such incredible products.  Do you know what the sales department’s hiring situation may look like around November?  I recently submitted my resume online, but I wanted to reach out to you as well.

Thanks,

Jerry

This email shows that you’ve done your homework but more importantly, it shows that you have a genuine interest in the company.  Taking the time to give first is bound to get you something in return.

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