Want Ad from College Alumni Bulletin (Senior Management) FREE
Late Answer to Want Ad
(Advertising)
Generic Letter to Any Want Ad
Want Ad from College Alumni Bulletin (Engineering)
Answer to Professional Journal Ad (Marketing)
Response to National Newspaper (Manufacturing)
Response to National Newspaper (Engineering)
Answer Want Ad When Changing Careers (Financial Planning)
Answer Want Ad When Changing Careers (Video Engineering)
One-page Generic Want Ad Letter (Graphic Design)
One-page Generic Want Ad Letter (Director
Customer Support) 
One-page Generic Want Ad Letter (Engineering)
One-page Generic Want Ad Letter (Human Resources)
One-page Generic Want Ad Letter (Nurse Recruiting)
One-page Generic Want Ad Letter (Senior Management)
One-page Tailored Response to Want Ad (Technical Sales)
One-page Tailored Response to Want Ad (Ad Copywriter)
First Tailored
Response to Want Ad (Fundraising / Director
of Development)
Second Tailored Response to Want Ad (Fundraising / Director
of Development)
One-page Tailored Response to Want Ad (Government)
One-page Tailored Response to Want Ad (Teaching)
One-page Tailored Response to Want Ad (Flight Attendant)
One-page Tailored Response to Want Ad (Finance)
One-page Tailored Response to Want Ad (Senior Management)
Two-page Tailored Response to Important Want Ad (Graphic Design)
Two-page Tailored Response to Important Want Ad (Attorney)
Long Tailored Response to Important Want Ad (Theatre Manager)
When Not Called In
For An Interview
Reply Form to Use
If Not Interviewed

"Didn't you read the ad? They're looking for a specific type."


When you think of want ads, think 5% of your campaign, not 95%. Everyone should answer ads—especially those that are a perfect fit, but answering want ads and online job postings should generally consume no more than 30 minutes of your day. That's because there are so many other, better ways to job-hunt.

If you plan to answer ads or online postings, I suggest you develop a generic letter that can be mailed quickly by simply changing names and dates. Use this letter to answer most ads. Photocopy your completed letter and clip the ad to your copy so you'll have a record if and when someone calls (they seldom do). Once you mail the original, forget about it. Get back to doing more productive things.

If you find an ad that is 100% perfect, your ideal dream job, take the time to tailor a letter. Find a business directory, look up the name of the hiring manager—not the personnel director—and write that person a sales letter. That's a letter you can follow up, because you have a name.

By the way, if you find that you're not getting any response from ads, don't be discouraged. That's the rule today, not the exception. Few companies even send rejection letters anymore. It's too costly. Keep answering the ads that fit you, and sooner or later, the phone will ring.


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