Congratulations, you’ve just applied to your dream job! Now what? It’s very important to follow up on the status of your application so prospective employers know that you're interested in the role. Employers are looking for candidates who are genuinely interested in their organization and the position, following up is the most effective way to demonstrate that. It’s also a great way to ensure your resume stands out from the hundreds of others that flood in. Unfortunately, human resource professionals don’t always have the time to personally respond to every application they review. But there are steps you can take to get your application in front of them and increase your chances of getting that first interview.
Step one: Give it some time
Wait about a week before following up on the status of your application. As I mentioned before, recruiters and employers are very busy; it may take them a few days to review your resume. The worst thing you can do is bombard them with emails and phone calls asking about your application. Be patient and stay positive.
Step two: Send a follow up email
After waiting the appropriate amount of time, send a follow up email. Within the email, you should include your name, the role you applied for, the date you submitted your application, and inform them that you would be happy to send any additional information they might need to consider you as an applicant. The tone of your email is very important, you must be professional and make sure to triple check for spelling and grammar errors. A poorly written email demonstrates a lack of attention to detail and poor writing skills which could hurt your chances of getting an interview.
Step three: Email a thank you note
Perhaps at this point, you have received an email saying that the organization has decided to move forward with other applicants. That’s okay! You will find a job that is right for you. The best thing to do is to thank the employer for reviewing your credentials and ask to be kept in mind for other opportunities. Your small act of gratitude might be enough to have a lasting impression on an employer who might reach out to you the next time a position becomes available at their organization.
If you have received positive feedback and steps regarding the next steps in the interview process, say thank you and express your enthusiasm for the opportunity. Take a look at the JOHNLEONARD Job Seeker Survival Guide to help prepare you for your upcoming interview.
Applying for a job can be very stressful and the process can seem a bit overwhelming at times. But there are resources available that provide useful tips on how to navigate the interview process. Once you’ve been in contact with a recruiter or human resources professional, be pleasantly courteous and say thank you even if the process doesn't go the way you hoped. You never know what opportunities may come your way or who you may be in contact with in the future.
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