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How to make a First Impression Twice—With a Follow Up Cover Letter!

© Written By Jimmy Sweeney President of CareerJimmy and Author of the new, Amazing Cover Letter Creator

Decide now to make a first impression twice by sending a follow up cover letter to each contact person or lead you've been in touch with before.

If you really want a quality job interview, write to the person you spoke with or met previously so that once again your name will come up in the mind of that individual.

A follow up cover letter resembles an all-occasion greeting card—the kind you send to friends or business colleagues to express thanks, send good wishes or congratulations—or get well soon. You can tailor it to your specific goal.

Here are some examples to consider:

Follow up after you send a job-search cover letter.

Dear Mr. Smith:

Greetings from Small Town. I hope all is well with you. I contacted you three weeks ago with an initial cover letter to let you know I'm available immediately, to fill the {job title} position I saw on your job post. Since I haven't heard from you I thought I'd write again to let you know I'm still very interested and would welcome an opportunity to speak with you in person about how I can match the job requirements with my experience and skills.

May I come in for an interview? Please call me at 888-888-8888 at your convenience and I'll respond right away.


Follow up/thank you letter after an interview.

Dear Mr. Smith:

Thank you very much for interviewing me for the position of {job title}. I really appreciated your thoughtful questions and the time and attention you gave me. As you know I'm very interested in this job and look forward to hearing from you about it. If you'd like to meet again for any reason, I'd be happy to come to your office at a time that works best for you. Meanwhile, thank you again. You can reach me at 888-888-8888.


Follow up to ask for another opportunity.

Dear Mr. Smith:

I'm grateful for the time I spent with you on the phone. I realize you have not yet made your hiring decision so that prompts me to ask for another opportunity to speak with you—on the phone again or better yet, in person, so I can lay out what I have in mind for the position of {job title}. My primary goals are expanding the sales territory and increasing company revenue. I'd be happy to come to your office at a time that works for you and provide more details about these objectives. You can reach me at 888-888-8888.

Sincerely, ___

Everyone appreciates being appreciated! So inspire others with your gratitude and your good manners, as well as smart business sense, by writing an appropriate follow up cover letter similar to the ones included here.

You never know what might come of it. How about the words, "You're hired. Welcome to our company." Someone is going to get that dream job. It might as well be you!

Jimmy Sweeney is the president of CareerJimmy and author of the brand new, "Amazing Cover Letter Creator."Jimmy is also the author of several career related books and writes a monthly article titled, "Job Search Secrets." Visit our friends at Amazing Cover Letters for your "instant" cover letter today. "In just 3½ minutes you will have an amazing cover letter guaranteed to cut through YOUR competition like a hot knife through butter!"