When to Send a Resume Follow-up Letter
While a thank you note is automatically sent immediately after an interview, if and when to send a resume follow-up letter requires careful consideration. A common concern is that you might be perceived as "pest" or over-anxious and be cast aside by the employer. If the employer specifically states they do not want follow-up, then heed their advice. Otherwise, a short, well-written follow-up letter or note is appropriate according to experts polled by CareerBuilder.com. It shows that you are ambitious, differentiates you and is particularly appropriate for a sales position.
Approximately two weeks after making initial contact is a good timeframe to send a follow-up letter if you have blindly applied for a job. If you don't hear anything after your follow-up contact, then you may want to direct your efforts elsewhere. If you receive feedback from the company or have established a personal contact within the company, then yet additional follow-up may be appropriate. Establishing a personal connection within the company will allow you to follow-up more frequently and possibly less formally, such as by phone or email.
If the analysis of whether and when to send a follow-up letter sounds a little subjective, then you have acquired the appropriate amount of sensitivity. When to send a letter depends on the company, what you know about the hiring process, if you have a personal contact in the company and how much you want the job. This information may be advertised, accessible through initial conversations with the company or discerned from knowledge of the industry or company.