- Write a NEW kind of cover letter. ASK for the job interview and mean it. No polite suggestions or innuendos. Be upfront, clear and direct:
“I would appreciate meeting in person to discuss the position of [fill in job title here]. I will adjust my schedule to meet yours. What time and date work best for you? I welcome the opportunity for a personal interview.” (Now THAT’S a statement that all but demands a response.)
“May we schedule an interview when it works best for you? [Insert company name here], is at the top of my list of companies I’d like to work for and I’d love to meet with you in person to discuss the position of [fill in job title here].” (Another nice, clear and direct statement to be called for the job interview).
- Dial an interview. Wait for several days after you mail your cover letter. Then pick up the phone and call the person in charge and ASK for an interview person-to-person. Don’t sound pushy, just eager to get together. Your enthusiasm will impress him/her. Example: “Are you free for 30 minutes on Wednesday afternoon? I would love to interview for the position of [fill in job title here].
- Send an e-mail. Professionals today rely on e-mail for quick messages. Use this effective means of communicating to your advantage. Follow up your original cover letter with an e-mail reminder. Something like this will work.
Dear Mr./Ms. Jones:
On September 10 I sent a cover letter and resume to apply for the position of sales manager at Sunshine Corporation. I’m sure you have many applications to sort through but I feel confident that I’m just what you’re looking for. I would welcome the chance to interview for this position and am asking for that opportunity when your schedule permits. Thank you for taking a moment to read my request. I look forward to meeting with you in person.
Jill Job Seeker firstname.lastname@example.org