Editor's weekly: Patience is a virtue

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  • Speculative applications

    I really enjoyed reading your 'Patience is a virtue' article, and found the advice really useful as I am currently in such a position and finding it difficult to wait for the firms to get back to me. I have sent a few speculative CV and cover letters and was wondering when do you think it would be appropriate for me to contact them if I have not heard back?

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  • Gut feeling

    With speculative applications the rules on chasing will depend on how big the firm is - but I would advise waiting a couple of weeks. I think you get a gut feeling - ie if you really want a job with that particular firm and you think you meet their recruitment criteria then chase but if you know it was a long shot then it's probably worth just conceding defeat and spending your time applying for "real vacancies". What's more speculative applications are likely to be less successful in the current economic climate. Hope that helps.

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