Expatriates – Are you agonizing over writing a follow up letter to a hiring manager? Or wondering if you got the job?

Hello dear jane readers,


I have a client  in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She is American and a wonderful young lady. Right now she is working as a nanny. She just completed her Master’s Degree from Queen’s University and is now trying to find full-time employment in a far away land. Like many recent graduates she is dealing with a lot of rejection and the day to day anxiety of job searching. It’s pretty hard to deal with looking for a job as an expatriate let alone changing professions. So she has a big challenge ahead of her but she is not panicking and what I like most about her is the fact that she is so confident and sticking to what she believes in. She is so dedicated to her passion of working for organizations that help women and children.

It’s very hard for her because her work experience has mainly been as a nanny. So when we worked on her resume we highlighted all of her academic extracurricular activities and really communicated her program coordination, community service and financial management skills that she had. This has really impressed a lot of the non profit organizations that she has been interviewing with. I always tell her for all the “NO” responses she has been getting, means that she is just getting that much closer to the “YES.”

It’s so wonderful to see her staying positive and focused on the end goal which is to find the Right job for her. What does this mean? Well for my client it means holding out for the right organizational culture, a culture that values people, a culture that provides career advancement, and a culture that’s mission is to help women and children. She is on her way.

I can’t wait to get that phone call telling me that she has landed the job.


Below is an example of an email I asked her to send after she agonized over not getting a phone call from a hiring manager she had interviewed with. She had waited about 2.5 weeks. The manager was looking for a Program Director to work at Queens University. It was an American company hiring for a position in Belfast. It’s so important to be professional, kind and to keep the tone of the email positive. We basically knew that he probably had filled the position but we wanted to keep the door open. My client needed closure.



Dear Mr. Jones,

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I hosted my 3rd annual Thanksgiving here in Belfast with a fun mix of Americans and locals it was a great time!

I wanted to touch base with you to let you know that I will be traveling to the US for a few weeks and will be available by cell and email. I wanted to find out if you had filled the position or were still looking for the right candidate. I am still interested in the position and please let me know either way.

If you have filled the position congratulations! I hope we can stay in touch in case you have future career opportunities with your company. I would like to send you a linkedIn invitation would that be alright? Please let me know.


Jane Doe




Hi Jane,

Thanks for your email, and I’m glad that you had a good international Thanksgiving!

I’m sorry that it has taken awhile for us to get back to you. Actually, I had thought an email had gone out to all of the candidates last week letting them know the position had been filled, so I apologize that you did not receive this. I really think that you have many of the skills necessary for an excellent resident director, and I do hope that we will have the opportunity to work together in the future. We will certainly keep you in mind for any future positions.

I would be happy to connect with you over LinkedIn, and I wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors.


Mr. Jones


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