How to write a follow-up email for a job application

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How to write a follow-up email for a job application
Follow up a job application with an e-mail. (computer image by Orlando Florin Rosu from

You have recently submitted a job application for a position you would love to have. But how do you help your application float to the top of the pile to get an interview? You can do this with a follow-up e-mail after a job application. The follow-up e-mail will place your name in front of the interviewer and help them find your application faster.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Address the follow-up e-mail to a specific person. This might be the head of human resources or the recruiter who posted the ad you answered.

  2. 2

    Introduce yourself to the person using your full name. Tell the person when you sent in your application and how you sent it to the company.

  3. 3

    Tell the interviewer that you would like to follow up on the status of your application and mention the specific title of the position.

  4. 4

    End the follow-up e-mail telling to job interviewer that you look forward to hearing from her concerning the position. Give time frames and a number where you can be contacted to set up an interview.

Tips and warnings

  • Send the follow-up e-mail three to five days after you have submitted the job application.
  • Run spellcheck on the email and keep it professional.
  • Send only one follow-up e-mail after your job application. If you have not got a response in a week, move on to another job opportunity.

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