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A Simple Follow-Up Letter Can Change Your Life
By Surajit Sharma


A follow-up letter or follow-up correspondence is something rarely given importance by those who need it the most. Reading books of
Steven Covey will at least convince you that our lives are controlled by habits.




And more than anything else, follow-up correspondence is a              A good technique is to miss out on one or two unimportant
matter of habit. It is so much a part of everyday work, and             annexing documents like extra-curricular courses which
so much drilled into us by office tasks, that unconsciously,            are not relevant to the position you are seeking. Send the
many of us come to associate follow-up-correspondence as                main resume first without the unimportant and irrelevant
an official task. We neglect to cultivate the habit of follow-up-       annexures. Then after some time, follow up with a letter
correspondence in every sphere of our lives, whether official           attaching the extra annexure and a request to add them to
or personal. We often neglect follow-up correspondence                  your resume application. Do not miss to mention that you did
when not required in formal or office workspace, but with our           not attach the annexures because they were not relevant to
personal endeavors. It does cost dearly.                                the offered employment, however, in face of delayed response,
                                                                        you are sending them if in case they help. Never, give the
Should You Follow Up After Sending A Resume?                            impression that the extra documents were missed out as an
                                                                        oversight.
May be, may be not. But, you need to apply your mind to
the matter of follow up correspondence and take a reasoned              Should You Follow Up After An Interview?
decision according to the case. You cannot afford to disregard
correspondence to follow-up a resume simply as a matter                 Absolutely. It does not matter how the interview went. Nobody
of convention. There is no convention or rule as to that.               knows what the future holds, but if you have spent time on
Sure, in given situations, closely following up a resume with           an interview and interacted with socially important people,
correspondence can seem pushy, or that you are in dire need,            try to make something of that time. You may or may not get
but there are techniques of course.                                     the job, but definitely, once you have met another person in
                                                                        an interview, you do have the opportunity to cultivate a social
In case, you do not receive an acknowledgement from the                 relationship. And in the field of law, every relationship can
place where you sent the resume, it opens up a possibility for          count.
follow-up correspondence just to find out whether the resume
has been received or not. This is usually safe enough and               Send a ‘’Thank You’’ note at least, even if you have nothing
projects positive outlook.                                              else to convey at the moment. Try to avoid asking for the
                                                                        results and pushing or trying to influence your interviewer.
In many cases you might receive curt and impolite answers               However, a polite wish to work for the organization, if not
from HR employees that might put you off and you might feel             overdone, is no harm.
insulted. That is no reason to give up where you require to
pursue correspondence. The person who replied impolitely                Conclusion
to your query is not going to be your employer, usually. If in
case, the person who replies impolitely to you is also going            Follow-up correspondence is as much of an art as it is science.
to be your employer, it is better to avoid such a place. An             Neglecting to follow-up can cost you potential offers and jobs.
employer who fails to check personal emotions, and has                  Making a mistake in a follow-up letter can also cost you offers
enough time on hand to answer every query personally, may               and jobs that otherwise could have been secured. So the
not be worth your time.                                                 decision whether to send a follow-up letter differs from case
                                                                        to case upon reasoned decision. What to write in a follow-up




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letter is also extremely important, and it is good to be as brief        that you have to consider each time you interact socially for
as possible. However, follow-up correspondence is something              possible or future gain.




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