If you have ever been in the job market, then you know there are a lot of tips and tricks for nailing your dream job. This guide will help you figure out how to check on the status of your application without missing your chances. We’ll teach you how to follow up on a job application.
Following up on a job application is one step in the process that employees usually overlook.
Tips on How to Follow up on a Job Application
Job-hunting is the cause of stress for potential employees everywhere. Just the thought of the process can be overwhelming.
If the job search itself isn’t bad enough, next is the application process. Writing resumes and cover letters take up a lot of your time and once you submit them, you have to hope that you made the best impression possible. For many, this is the hardest part of the procedure! What do you do with that time on your hands?
While waiting patiently is a part of the game, you do not have to be completely passive. In fact, most hiring managers appreciate someone who takes initiative to reach out.
Don’t hover over your phone in hopes that someone is going to call. You can follow up on your application! However, before you pick up your phone, we have put together this guide to help you learn how to follow up on a job application. We will even help you if you snag the interview.
When Should You Follow Up?
This is the first major question that future employees have. How soon is too soon and how late is too late? There is a careful balance that you have to keep, but you shouldn’t worry because most hiring managers will give you the same timeline.
They will tell you that anything sooner than a week is unacceptable. They will not have any time to look over your application and might decide to put your resume back in the bottom of the pile.
Likewise, you don’t want to wait too long. Employers might take this as a sign of disinterest. Experts say no more than three weeks after you submit your resume, you should check on its status. Now, the only exception is if the job description explicitly tells you not to follow up on an application or gives you clear instructions on when to do so.
Once you know that you should follow up, here is how you should do it.
Connections are one of the most valuable resources you can have. If you have friends or family working for the company, this is when you should use them. Ask your connection to put in a good word for you or to ask about your resume with the hiring manager. These connections can sometimes push things along a little faster.
Write a Follow-up Email
Email is the best way to contact a potential employer. In fact, the majority of hiring managers prefer it to a telephone call. So, wait about a week or two and send them a concise email. It should express your interest in the company. Be sure to ask if the company needs any more information to further the application process. You can also leave your LinkedIn profile if you think that it would benefit you.
Make a Phone Call
Do not make the phone call right away! If you don’t hear back after the email, wait about a week before you call the hiring manager. Your introduction should be simple and brief. Tell the hiring manager your name and when you sent your resume in. Make it clear that you are only checking to make sure that he or she received your application and to remind them that you are still interested in the position.
Do Not Overdo It
One call is enough! Unless the hiring manager told you that you would hear from him or her before a certain date and that deadline has passed, you have no reason to call them again.
This is when you have to accept that there is usually a waiting period. Of course, there will be times where they may not be interested and you have to accept it. Move onto the next opportunity and don’t let the rejection get you down. What you never want to do, however, is call every day to harass the hiring manager. Never show up at their building; this can ruin your chances.
While these tips will help you in advance, before the interview, this is not the only part of the job hunt that requires you to follow up. If these tips help you snag that interview, then you are going to want to reach out one last time when you are finished.
Usually, you will do this with a thank you letter. Despite how simple it sounds, many employees decide against sending one because they don’t know what to say. We have a few tips for you post-interview too.
Interview Thank You Letter Tips
Send It Right Away
Never procrastinate on the thank you letter! You may think that it is more important to plan what you’re going to say to make the best impression, but speed matters.
You don’t have to do it right away, although within 24 hours is the safest bet. Never wait over three days. Even if you are struggling, don’t cast off the thank you letter. You need to sit down and force yourself to write something.
While you should always be professional, add a personal touch to your thank you letter.
For instance, in some interview settings, you’ll meet multiple people. Send each one of these people a personalized thank you. Also, be specific about your experience in the interview room. Did you share any skillsets with the interviewer? Did you have similar interests? Let them know that they made an impression on you.
Many potential employees make the mistake of being too formal in their letter. They look for a template, follow it down to the last letter and submit it without consideration. Templates are great for inspiration and help. Still, make sure to add that personal touch and change up the format a little. Standard thank you notes are obvious and if there isn’t any sign of your personality, it might not look like you care.
Be careful not to sound bored in your thank you letter. Enthusiasm and interest are usually what the boss is going to be looking for. Stress how enthusiastic you are about the possibility of working with the company. Take some time to share some positive details you learned during the interview or while you were researching. Remind the employer how much you want this job.
Briefly Discuss Qualifications
You don’t want to take too long to describe your qualifications. If it feels redundant to you then we can guarantee it will feel redundant for them. What you should do is consider weak points in the interview or any questions they had about your qualifications. You can briefly cover these in your letter. Make your case, but don’t come on too strong.
Add Important Points You Missed
This isn’t a place to reiterate your resume or to transcribe the interview. However, you do want to go over some of the points that you might not have gotten to in the interview. Under a lot of stress, you might leave out key details or remember something later that you feel like would have made the interview stronger. You can add additional points while mentioning your qualifications.
Keep It Short
Do not get caught up in thinking you have a lot to cover. Brief and concise is always better than running on for too long. About four paragraphs or one page should suffice. Try not to venture past the one-page mark.
Remember to Proofread
Once you have written a draft of your letter, come back to it later to edit it. This will ensure that you have fresh eyes to look at the page. Read it aloud to make sure it flows correctly and that there aren’t any mistakes. Final impressions are important too!
The interview thank you letter isn’t the stressful part of the process! You already went through the interview; you should have everything you need to construct the perfect letter. This is about reinforcing why you think you are a good fit and reminding your future employer why he or she should hire you. In addition, it shows consideration for the time that they took to interview you.
Why Follow Up?
Some companies will see several interviewers in one day. Many may even have the same qualifications. Most employers look for enthusiastic employees because someone who is interested in the job is going to want to stick around and move up within the company.
When you do not follow up on your application, it gives the wrong impression.
Hiring managers know that most people fill out several applications when they are on a job search. They don’t want the employees who looked at them as their last resort. A follow up says you’re thinking about the job and that you have a legitimate interest.
The best tip is to make sure that you always follow up! Just make sure that you remain personal, formal and never harass your future employer.
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