Friday, September 08, 2006

interview followup letters

Having recently bought a bungalow, and wanting to acquire a ton of new technology, I decided try some brand new venues for acquiring clients, and even investigating full-time staff positions, if I can invent one that describes what I do. I do so many things, usually simultaneously. I'm a high-speed super-productive hyper-media multi-tasker.

I'm also a web usability analyst, videocaster, and online content provider: original video, computer music, and digital marketing copy or analytical opinion text. Put simply, I'm a direct marketing copy director with a passion for, and constantly expanding experience in, emerging web technologies.

I specialize in CEO blogs, CEO video, and intranet project collaboration wikis.

Maybe I'm a Web Communications Specialist, or an Web Usability Optimizer. Yeah, all kinds of companies have these positions paying upwards of $200,--- per annum.

It's called Reverse Sales. An agent representing you attempts to sell you to a company that has vision or problems in this area in which you have expertise and zeal. Then they will unleash you on those companies, and it's up to you to convince them to hire you as a consultant or employee.

I haven't been an "employee" in a very long time. I prefer to consult and work at home. But I'm inspired to try new things, just to gain the expertise to share with my blog readers, if nothing else.

Here's a slapdash example of a mediocre interview followup letter I just mailed today, fouling up because I originally intended to hand deliver it, to make myself memorable and assertive-seeming.

Content of letter reinforces some selected, high priority content of the interview, perhaps a bulleted list of several key issues. Notice that I dispense with grandstanding or typical "to refresh your memory, my skills are..." slop.

Just a brief, to the point, professional appreciation correspondence. Affirm your gratitude for their time and continued work on your behalf.

Rather easy to improve and adapt to your own situation, if you ever seek employment or client accumulation acceleration.

In keeping with the blog core value of Transparency (bcv #3, right after Authenticity and Passion), I'lm sharing this with my devoted and easily bored readers, who I fear and admire.


Dear (interviewer name):

Thanks for meeting with me on Wednesday. I enjoyed discussing my skills and job qualifications with you.

My hope is to discover a full-time opportunity where I'd work closely with IT, management, and marketing to help a company have effective, well-scripted web sites, blogs, video, web conferencing, VoIP and other emerging communications technology.

You agreed with my assessment of how all business is becoming web-enabled, as consumers flock to the interactive sites like video sharing YouTube and blogging platform MySpace. Consumers are becoming more savvy than the companies trying to influence, sell to, and serve them, as co-author of The Cluetrain Manifesto book, Christopher Locke declares in his Gonzo Marketing book (p.84).

My belief is that organizations must pioneer these new interactive, meme-producing technologies before the competition beats them to it, and gets all the media attention and industry leadership accolades. Moving rapidly and intelligently into these technologies can result in deeper customer needs data, more accurate and informed trends-forecasting, and increased product sales.

One of the best ways to promote any company is to make it a leader, role model, memorable example of leading edge online business collaboration and communication tools. It's also a great way to gain a competitive edge that translates into increased sales and good will.

I thank you for your assistance in helping me find such opportunities as a web content writer, marketing communications director, or IT usability and content specialist.


Steven E. Streight



You will notice, that in a vain and misguided attempt to "stand out", I left room for a hand signature UNDER the typed name, rather than the traditional OVER it. I signed my name manually with an ink pen, between my typed name and my email address.

I'm experimenting. I have no idea if any of this is a good maneuver or not. Probably not. I'm battling that reclusive early-adaptor, web hermit, know-it-all, super-geek stereotype. Like all of us bloggers are.

Maybe I can point to a path that leads to the end of this digital suffering...


a_somjai said...

"Like all of us bloggers are."

Me Too.

steven edward streight said...

a_somjai: I am so happy to see that something I say in Peoria, Illinois USA makes sense and is a little helpful for some blogger at Blog Gang in Bangkok, Thailand.

Thanks for posting a comment. I lived with a Vietnamese friend several years ago, before I got married. I have also lived with Mexicans, Hungarians, and Irish.

steven edward streight said...

a_somjai: I would love to know more about you, about being a blogger in Thailand, about what technology the Thai youth love the most.

Thanks for helping me understand your nation's computer culure, if you have time to do so.


CK said...

"Consumers are becoming more savvy than the companies trying to influence, sell to, and serve them."

Well said and an excellent letter. They'd be a fool not to hire you. I bet you'll get some consulting work out of it.

Keep us posted on all your job-searching fun (it's fun for this reader).

steven edward streight said...

I think my letter is pompous. I have to soften and simplify my writing, de-philosophize it.

I have to lead others patiently, slowly, methodically. Otherwise, the strange but vivid scenarios of the future that's already here can alarm them.

I must proceed with grave predictions and clear explanations, with many analogies, metaphors, riddles, allegories, mind puzzlers, and technology history lessons.