The following is a suggested script to use when following up after sending a personal contact letter .  Your goal with each contact should be to get advice that can lead to knowing about job openings and/or other people that could be good for you to contact.

“Hi, Jackie! This is Jane Morgan from your Bible Study Fellowship group. Is this a good time to talk with you for a few minutes? (If yes, small talk...) Did you receive the letter and resume that I recently sent to you? (If no, offer to email it to them immediately.) Great. I have a few quick questions for you. My job is ending next spring when my company moves out of state. I am looking for a job as a graphic artist for a non-profit agency. I know you work for the American Heart Association and I thought you would have some helpful advice for me.

or

“Good morning. My name is Jane Morgan. John Jacobs suggested I give you a call as I'm interested in finding a job as a graphic artist. Would you have a few minutes to talk to me?" Did you receive the letter and resume that I recently sent to you? (If no, offer to email it to them immediately.) Great. I have a few quick questions for you and thought you would have some helpful advice for me.

This is where your Strengths Summary becomes useful. "I've had two years' experience designing and using desktop publishing software to produce brochures, newsletters and training materials as a part of my current job. I've really enjoyed it, and would like to move into doing graphics arts full-time."

Sample information areas include:

  • Employment opportunities in the field. ("Are you aware of any current opening for someone with my skills?")
  • Individuals the person recommends you contact. (“Do you know of anyone I could contact who works in this field?” and/or "Could you recommend anyone who might know of such an opening? May I tell him/her you referred me?") Note: Make sure to get the name (with correct spelling), title, complete address and phone number whenever you're given a new contact.
  • If you are talking to someone who is having a difficult time coming up with any information for you, you can always ask a third question that usually will get a “Yes!”: “Do you know someone who is well connected and knows a lot of people? Perhaps that person would have some connections to pass along to me.”

Send a brief thank-you note that evening or the next day to each person who has provided you with some help. Thank each person for their assistance and ask them to please call or e-mail you if they think of anything else that could be helpful.

Summary

Remember that a job search is a search for information. The more information you get, the more likely you are to find out about job openings. You may go through several contacts before you get some helpful information, but be persistent-- this strategy is a powerful way to tap into the “hidden” job market!

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