From the archives - common questions worth re-addressing. Q: In this economic environment, should I be including a “I will call to follow up” statement in my cover letters?
A: As is usually the case in the often maddening world of job-searching… it depends. Generally speaking, if you are competing for a Sales position, or a position that involves exerting a certain amount of influence, absolutely. The perspective employer will enjoy – and may even be looking for – the opportunity to see your skills at work. Aside from that, though, it can be a different story. While genuine interest and sincerity is always appreciated, desperate behavior is not. Unfortunately, a good many of the people who ultimately choose to follow-up have a bit too much gumption. They’re the people who make following up look bad for everyone else. I’m talking about the people who will, for instance, call every day without fail.
The verdict… You should usually feel free to make one very well positioned follow-up call (or e-mail). It’s not the end of the world. After that, leave it alone. Also, determine how you will proceed based on the vibe of each company. If the requisition says “no calls or e-mails, please” – as they often do – then don’t follow up. Be courageous and confident but don’t turn into the applicant that recruiters and hiring managers talk about for years to come.