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I responded to an ad that said submit application by sending an e-mail. I sent it in and never heard back. Not even an acknowledgment of receipt. Now some three months later, the ad has reappeared. I was going to stop by and deliver paper (hard) copies to the three principals. Should I do so with a cover letter stating that I previously applied?

Q: I responded to an ad that said submit application by sending an e-mail. I sent it in and never heard back. Not even an acknowledgment of receipt. Now some three months later, the ad has reappeared. I was going to stop by and deliver paper (hard) copies to the three principals. Should I do so with a cover letter stating that I previously applied?

A: I wish more employers responded to submissions, but in this case, at least you didn’t specifically get rejected. It’s not a good idea to show up on the doorstep of an employer, however…especially one who asks for email submissions. Rather than just resubmitting cold, or emphasizing your prior unsuccessful application, find someone you know who also knows someone there, and ask them to put in a good word for you and your sustained interest in the organization. And keep your search going in the meantime, rather than putting lots of eggs in this basket.