Tutorial for “Follow Up During a Job Search After a Telephone Contact”

Tips

Write this letter within a day or two of the telephone contact, with the primary goal of obtaining an interview or face-to-face meeting.

Steps

1. Remind the recipient of the telephone contact, expressing gratitude as appropriate.

Sentences

  • I appreciate the time you gave me yesterday to discuss the new position at Doe Corporation.
  • Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions about the position at Doe Corporation.
  • As we agreed in yesterday's conversation, I am enclosing a copy of my resume.
  • In response to our telephone conversation of May 16, here is an updated copy of my resume.
  • This letter is in response to your ad in The Springfield Gazette, and to our phone conversation this morning.
  • During our telephone conversation yesterday afternoon, you offered to forward my resume to your Springfield office. Here is an updated copy that I would appreciate you sending. Thank you very much for your help.
  • Thank you for describing the opening in your catering department at Doe Foods. I believe I can be of value to you.

Phrases

  • am enclosing a copy of my resume
  • appreciate the time you gave me on Friday
  • as per my telephone conversation with
  • as we agreed in our conversation
  • as you requested
  • as you will recall
  • believe that I can be of value to you
  • for explaining the opening in your firm
  • have completed my degree in
  • have enclosed a copy of a letter of recommendation
  • have enclosed my resume
  • here is an updated copy
  • in reference to our telephone conversation
  • in response to our telephone discussion
  • spoke about my qualifications
  • tell you a little about myself
  • thank you for taking the time to answer my questions about the position
  • this letter confirms our meeting on
  • this letter is in response to your ad

2. State why you are suitable for the position.

Sentences

  • As you will see from the enclosed resume, I have had considerable experience in production management. I believe I can make a significant contribution to the smooth running of your plant.
  • As my resume shows, I have an excellent track record in working with subcontractors, and have consistently completed my projects on time and within the agreed-upon budget.
  • As my career background and references show, I am meticulous and have a talent for anticipating and overcoming unforeseen difficulties.
  • Since our conversation, I have completed my MFA and have designed logos for the following companies:
  • My background includes three years of sales experience, during which time I more than doubled the annual sales in both of the areas to which I was assigned.
  • You will see from the enclosed resume that I have many business contacts in the Rocky Mountain region, a network that would be of considerable value to your marketing efforts.
  • You asked about my experience with computers. I am familiar with office suite applications in both the IBM and Macintosh operating systems. I also teach an evening class in word processing at our local community college.
  • I am looking for a position that will offer both challenges and long-range career prospects.

Phrases

  • a network of relationships which would be valuable to
  • am an articulate and bright professional
  • am meticulous
  • am a fanatic for attention to detail and excellence
  • am confident that I can make similar contributions to
  • am familiar with
  • as my academic and career background reveal
  • as my career background and references show
  • as my resume shows in detail
  • as is evident from my resume
  • as you requested
  • as you will see from the enclosed resume
  • asked about my experience
  • believe I can help you
  • believe I can contribute a great deal to your firm
  • believe I can make a significant contribution
  • have had considerable experience
  • have many business contacts in this area
  • have an excellent track record
  • have completed my degree
  • have some excellent experience
  • have had experience working with
  • long-range career prospects
  • my experience is directly related to the experience you require
  • my background includes experience with
  • my educational background provides a strong foundation
  • my experiences as a receptionist are readily transferable
  • my background includes
  • offer nearly two years experience
  • opportunity with potential
  • present myself well
  • since our previous conversation
  • since we last spoke
  • teach an evening class at our local community college
  • that special position which
  • will find an outline resume
  • will offer a challenge and a career
  • would really like to get back to a corporate environment

3. Request an interview or meeting.

Sentences

  • May I suggest a personal interview to discuss your needs and my qualifications in more detail? You can reach me at 555-5555.
  • I realize how hard it can be to use a resume to judge a person's suitability for a particular position. I will be in Springfield next week and will call you to see if we might schedule a meeting.
  • I will call you on Wednesday, June 21, to see if we can meet for further discussion.
  • I am planning to make a move at the end of September, after I complete all my current projects. Please let me know when we might meet to discuss your needs.
  • I will call you next week to find out when we might get together to discuss this matter further.
  • You can reach me at 555-5555. I am interested in meeting with you to discuss what possibilities exist for us to work together.
  • Resumes are of necessity brief and incomplete. I would be happy to meet with you or your clients to discuss how I can be of service.
  • I look forward to continuing our telephone conversation in person.
  • I would like to meet with you and show you some of the training materials I have developed.

Phrases

  • am interested in meeting with you
  • arrange a mutually convenient time to meet
  • can reached me directly at
  • can reach me at
  • decide when we might get together
  • discuss what possibilities exist
  • discuss how I can be of service to you
  • discussion what possibilities exist
  • find out when we might get together to discuss
  • how I can contribute to your company
  • if you have any questions
  • let me know when we can meet to discuss your needs
  • letters and resumes are not entirely satisfactory
  • like to meet you
  • look forward to continuing our telephone conversation in person
  • please call me at my home, at 555-5555, or my work at
  • resumes and letters cannot, by their nature, tell the entire story
  • see if we can meet for further discussion
  • set an appointment for further discussion
  • suggest a personal interview to discuss your needs and my qualifications
  • will call you to see if we might schedule a meeting at that time
  • will be in Springfield on
  • will contact you in the near future
  • will be happy to discuss with you
  • will be in your area
  • would like to meet with you to discuss
  • would welcome the opportunity to discuss

4. Close, if desired, with an additional positive statement.

Sentences

  • I admire Doe Corporation for its excellent products and outstanding customer service, and I would be happy to be associated with your company.
  • I would be very pleased to lend my skills to a company of Doe's stature.
  • Thank you for your consideration.
  • Thank you for your time and consideration.
  • I look forward to hearing from you.

Phrases

  • admire Doe Corporation for its excellence
  • for your time in considering me for the position
  • for your time and consideration
  • for working out this time for us to meet
  • happy to be associated with your organization
  • look forward to hearing from you
  • look forward to our meeting
  • look forward to meeting with you
  • thank you for your interest
  • thank you for your flexibility
  • thanks again
  • to hear from you in the near future
  • would consider it a tremendous opportunity
  • would be very pleased to lend my skills to a company of this stature

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