This can be one of the most important things during a job search to be the most successful. There are a number of things involved, what you have to say, how you say it and as always timing. If you don't say what you need to say at the right time it won't do you any good. Having a proper follow up is what made the difference in a lot of peoples job hunts the last couple of years. Looking through many of the job hunt blogs you will find many stories where this is the case. Keep any follow up correspondence short and to the point to be the most effective.
One in particular that I'm thinking of didn't do well at an interview. It turned out that a family member of his had died the day before. He wrote a very nice note that explained what had happened and he asked for a second chance. If given it he would do much better at a second interview. The hiring manager was very impressed by this approach and gave him another interview. He was successful at that one and now is very happily employed at that company.
"Success comes from taking the initiative and following up... persisting... eloquently expressing the depth of your love. What simple action could you take today to produce a new momentum toward success in your life?"
Anthony Robbins quotes
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