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It’s All In the Follow Through (or, Up) – Follow Up Your Job Search Letters



In grade school we were all taught that following through is critical in most sports: basketball, volleyball, baseball, etc. I never seemed to learn that lesson, or at least I never put it into practice with sports. Consequently, to this day, I stink at anything that involves a ball.

Importantly, the follow through lesson applies to all areas of our lives. As Jim explains over at the Blueprint for Financial Prosperity, following up is important when dealing with companies as well.

This principle applies to law firms too, especially when conducting a job search. If you send a targeted mailing to firms and never follow up with a phone call, two things are likely to happen. First, your resume might get lost in the sea of resumes that sits in a corner of someone’s office. Second, the firm might decide that you were not that interested in them and simply disregard your resume completely.

If you follow up with a phone call, neither of these outcomes can happen. By calling the firms that you mail your resume to, you are showing that you are genuinely interested in working with them and you remind them to pull your resume out of the stack, if only for the minute that you are on the phone. Isn’t it worth your time to make this call and ensure that your resume is on their radar screen?

Do you have any experiences with following up your mailings to law firms? If so, please post a comment or drop me a line.

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3 Responses to “It’s All In the Follow Through (or, Up) – Follow Up Your Job Search Letters”

  1. jim
    September 24th, 2006

    Following through is critical when you’re looking for a job for the very reasons you mentioned. I think following up in that case is something less often forgotten because finding a job is an active process whereas leaving a job and waiting for a final paycheck is a bit more passive. Either way, it’s crucial. Thanks for the link!

  2. Andrew F
    September 24th, 2006

    I think you are absolutely right. People do tend to remember following up regarding job searches.

    Thanks for stopping by, and for writing such a good post.

  3. [...] Legal Andrew: It’s All In the Follow Through (or, Up) – Follow Up Your Job Search Letters “This principle applies to law firms too, especially when conducting a job search. If you send a targeted mailing to firms and never follow up with a phone call, two things are likely to happen. First, your resume might get lost in the sea of resumes that sits in a corner of someone’s office. Second, the firm might decide that you were not that interested in them and simply disregard your resume completely.” [...]

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