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Back in December I applied for a job as a clarinet-maker. Upon being told that I had all of the right qualifications I was told that the position was filled, but that they are a growing company and hire for that position on a regular basis, so I was informed to check back in June. Now that it is time to check back with the company, I was wondering how exactly to present myself with the email in doing so? I want this to be perfect and I don't want to make any mistakes. What recommendation would you suggest in what I should say via email pertaining to getting back to them, and proceeding afterwords? Thanks.

Hi Mike,

I will assume this has to be done via email.  Ideally, you would want to present yourself in person, but if you need to do this online, what I suggest is simple and straight-forward.

First, be sure the correspondence is done in a business-like manner.  That is, make the correspondence formal just as you would with a hard-copy paper letter complete with company name, address, and salutation to the correct person (if you don't know who the person is, go with the last individual you had contact with in December).

Remind them they asked that you reconnect with them in June, briefly restate your qualifications and interest in the position, and thank them for the opportunity to be considered again.  Attach your resume and any  other correspondence you had with them previously.

If you have not heard within 7-10 days, send a follow-up inquiring where the process stands.

Good luck!

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