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Old 07-22-2010, 07:15 AM   #1
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Default Question regarding aggressive follow up in cover letters

Note: I submitted this on Tom Slopers website as well. Posted it here for additional insight.

I often read books and online sources geared towards constructing a strong cover letter, and I am curious if some of these suggestions are applicable to the gaming industry. Most of these resources often suggest aggressive follow up procedures where the job applicant states in the last paragraph they will follow up via phone call, and request an interview. However, I feel this approach is highly presumptuous and pushy. I figure if your resume, cover letter and portfolio shine they will contact you without the applicant having to resort to such measures. Personally, I would likely conclude with a more passive line such as “Thank you for your time and consideration”. Is this aggressive approach frowned upon by the gaming industry as I suspect?

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However, I feel this approach is highly presumptuous and pushy.
Then don't do it. There's no rule that says you have to.
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Then don't do it. There's no rule that says you have to.
Just out of curiosity what is your personal preference?
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Just out of curiosity what is your personal preference?
I don't have one.
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Old 07-23-2010, 08:54 AM   #5
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Just out of curiosity what is your personal preference?
In the UK it is usually customary to put "I look forward to hearing from you." on the cover letter. Presumably, this approach is acceptable elsewhere.

I would not, however, phone the company directly until at least 10 working days after I submitted my application. Even then, I would only request to know whether my application had been received and was being processed.
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cmf also sent in the same question today to my bulletin board at Sloperama. I gave him a more in-depth response this time.
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