It turns out that there is a lot one can do even after submitting applications. Take some active steps and try to be in charge of the application process instead of just doing a wait and watch, wondering what happened to so many applications sent to so many open positions.
It isn’t easy to know when and how to follow up. Hiring timelines may be uncertain, some parts of the employer’s recruitment process could be stalled, or both, so hiring managers might have a lot to do. So do not sit back and let your imagination run wild.
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Instead, take charge of the job application process. You can do six things to follow up and check in with potential employers without irritating them.
Mention expectations in your cover letter.
Include a note in your cover letter to let the recruiter know when you will be following up to verify your application’s status. Of course, declaring your intentions will show your enthusiasm and professionalism for the job. Still, it may also help you get that extra push you need when you call or email.
Make sure to read everything. Carefully.
Employers often include important details about their hiring process on the job postings or in their career portal. Therefore, you can save time and avoid unnecessary worry by reading all instructions and information before submitting your application. In addition, it is possible to find out the preferred method of follow-up questions from your employer (including phone numbers and email addresses), which could be useful when reaching out.
Choose the correct day of the week.
Mondays and Fridays can be busy transition days, so plan your follow-up activities for Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Break the silence.
It’s fine to politely inquire if you don’t receive an acknowledgment or rejection within a week. Send a professional email or phone call to reiterate your interest and inquire about the status of your application. Don’t be negative, keep your message brief, and don’t mention that the interviewer didn’t follow up.
Do follow-up questions.
You can increase your chances of receiving a reply by asking a pertinent, thoughtful question (that hasn’t been answered already): Is the employer still accepting applications? How long does the employer take to schedule interviews?
Do not be a pest.
No one, including recruiters, likes a nag. Use your best judgment to assess the situation. You can request a second follow-up (one week after the first) and draw your line. If you have not heard from them for several weeks, it might be time to move on.
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