• Adam Farrugia

How to Follow Up on Your Job Application

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Although each job has its own hiring time-frame, you should never underestimate the power of following up on your application. If you feel confident that your CV was impressive and your skillset matched the job description, and you still haven't been invited for an interview one to two weeks after sending in your application, following up on your application's status can be beneficial.

An active and strong follow-up approach can convey the right message to a prospective employer. Following-up is a way to show that you're genuinely interested in the job you applied for and make you stand out from other candidates.

Knowing how to follow-up without coming across as annoying is vital. In this article, two methods are highlighted, and some tips on approaching a follow-up are briefly explained.

Methods of Following Up

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👉 Email:

Communication through email is most commonly used, and for many hiring managers, they're the most convenient too. If you decide to follow up on your application through email, ensure that you keep it professional, well written, and straight to the point without being rude. You shouldn't seem desperate, but don't make it look like you aren't putting in any effort either. Always remember to revise your email thoroughly before sending it. It's easy to overlook mistakes when sending an email.

👉 Phone Calls:

Before you decide to pick up the phone, ensure that out-of-the-blue calls won't do your application any harm. Many recruiters who work for large companies that are likely to receive hundreds of applications may find unscheduled calls rude or simply not answer them. However, phone calls can show that you don't mind putting in the effort and that you're a direct and confident employee. The only drawback of calls is that the interviewer can hear your voice, so if you become anxious really quickly, you might want to stay away from this method.

Tips for Following Up

  • Determine who the right contact person is and use the correct job description.

  • Introduce yourself in a friendly and polite manner.

  • Without being rude, get straight to the point.

  • Be persistent, but emailing or calling daily will come off as annoying.

  • Don't act entitled when contacting the hiring manager. You might receive a discouraging answer or no answer at all, but remember that the recruiter doesn't owe you anything.

  • Show gratitude no matter the outcome.

  • If you've tried following up a couple of times and you can't get through or receive no response, accept that it's best to move on.

Although it can seem intimidating, following up on your job application's status shouldn't be scary. Get in touch with the recruiter before other candidates do. This can make the difference between standing out and falling into a black hole of unread resumes.

If the thought of following up with a hiring manager seems daunting, you can hire professional services. They will guide you through the process and share valuable advice on approaching every step of the job-hunting experience. Not sure where to begin? Call FAC3 for assistance!


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