You've mailed, e-mailed and faxed out A batch of resumes. And though you may be tempted to sit back and wait for the phone to ring, this is the time to begin preparing for your follow-up calls. As much as you may have hoped to avoid them, these calls (or faxes or e-mails) can make or break your job search. The extra effort will make you stand out from the crowd and could even land you an interview.
But you still have to proceed with caution. There's a fine line between exhibiting enthusiasm for a position and becoming a pest. A good record-keeping system can keep you on the right side of the line. Your system doesn't have to be fancy—anything from a computerized contact management system to a three-ring binder will do. It just needs to help you track every contact you make. Specifically, it should provide room for the following: