Dear Experts, I have submitted resumes and cover letters to several companies, and when I follow up with phone calls, I’ve been getting sent to voice mail. What would be an acceptable time frame for following up if they do not return my calls without seeming like I’m desperate or stalking? Here is how our T.A.P. experts answered this question:@beneubanksQ#192 A weekly contact isn't too much to ask. If they don't respond, maybe that should tell you something? @kgrantcareersQ#192 Foll up on res by asking indstry specific question. Ex:"I noticed this pos requires knowledge of HTML, will Flash do?" @juliaericksonQ#192 FU on fone 2x, 4-5 days apart; cn send e-mail "don't know if u got msg" w/enthus cov ltr sumary; no more. @louise_fletcherQ#192 Call back after a couple of days - you may catch the person - but don't keep leaving messages as it's annoying. @sweetcareersQ#192 Call back to try to get a person, you dnt hv 2 leave message if only getting VM; leave max of 2 msgs. @jtodonnellQ#192 I have TWO rules to effective follow-up: 1) wait 5 business days, and 2) NEVER call on a Monday. @DebraWheatmanQ#192 Follow up every 7-10 days. You might also try hand writing a nice note to help you stand out from the crowd. @gradversityQ#192 I would leave a total of 2 follow up messages, 5 business days apart. Include a follow-up promise on your first call. @jtodonnell Q#192 I have TWO rules to effective follow-up: 1) wait 5 business days, and 2) NEVER call on a Monday. @ValueIntoWordsQ#192 Submit brief, written plan 4 how u can help (vs multiple calls), as follow-up 2 call. If no response, move on. Our Twitter Advice Project (T.A.P.) is no longer an active campaign. To find an answer to the above question, please use the "Search" box in the right-hand column of this website.

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