What do I do after I have sent the Cover Letter?

Posted in Cover Letters

So, you’ve finished your cover letter, checked it for errors, and sent it to the correct address: now what? It is always such a hard question to answer, should you follow up with a request for information or should you let the process be? On one hand, you don’t want to bother a busy hiring department with a pesky call or email checking on the status of your application; but on the other hand, you want to show your interest and enthusiasm for the job. Which is the correct route of conduct?

While it is often a question of disagreement amongst career professionals and hiring companies, sending or calling for a follow up on a cover letter sent really comes down to the company and position you are applying for. This is why it is best to look for signs or clues that the company does not want a follow up from you.

The first thing you should do is to review the job posting to see if in any terms, the posting says specifically not to contact them. They could say no phone calls please or candidates will be contacted if interested. In either event, do not take this caution less than seriously. These companies do not want to be bothered, and the fact that you would anyway-makes them think you are unable to follow directions and stubbornly disrespectful-not enthusiastic, like you had hoped.

If the job posting says nothing about not contacting them, you can take this as an implicit its ok; but just proceed with caution. Some companies do not mind and even appreciate a follow up but do not like a pushy or pesky candidate. So, after a week, try following up with a phone call or email to make sure the application was received, and ask if there is any other information that you can submit. Once this has been done, you must let the process proceed according to the hiring manager’s choice.

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