It’s been a week since you sent in your resume. The listing is still marked as ‘open’ but you haven’t heard back. Now what do you do?
Do you storm their office? Hire a skywriter? Ship over freshly baked cookies wrapped in your resume?
Of course not. However, professionals do often wonder how they can follow up on a job application without coming off as a creep.
If you haven’t heard back within a few days of your application, it is apropos to send a follow up. Presumably, the hiring manager has received and reviewed your application. But if it has been overlooked, or if you have convincing reasons for them to take a second look, then you should send a follow-up.
But that is it. Just one.
If you make a third attempt, you are really starting to push people’s buttons.
Phone – Email – or Envelope?
We highly recommend an email follow up. A well written note gives you the opportunity to include a brief note re-iterating how you know you can solve their problems. Be sure to include the title of the job in the subject line. Also include your resume and cover letter, and make sure you are using the same email address you used in your initial application and resume. You want all of your information to exactly match what has already been sent in the first application which is most likely within their applicant tracking system.
The beauty of the email follow up is that if you send it to the wrong person within the company, they can forward it easily to the right contact. Whereas with a phone call, your information might be scribbled on a post-it note that gets passed along (or not) without further explanation. That is, even if someone takes your call.