The job hunt is a competitive process. In difficult or slow economic times, competition for even the more menial positions increases greatly. Openings draw plenty of interest from candidates. It is not uncommon for job-searchers to go weeks without hearing back from an employer. During this down time, you can be proactive and help improve your chances of landing the job. By following up on your job application in a professional manner, you can reiterate your interest in the job and keep your self in the front of an employer's decision making process.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Call the employer shortly after you send your application out. Wait at least two or three business days. Ask the employer to verify receipt of your application. While on the phone, ask the employer when she expects to make decisions on who to call in for an interview.
Wait one week after the time frame the employer gave you when you called to verify the employer received the application. Send a status letter or e-mail to the employer. Keep the letter short and cordial. A few quick paragraphs should suffice. In the first paragraph, explain that you are writing to inquire about the status of your application and remind the employer when you sent the application in. Use the second paragraph to reiterate your interest in the job and to emphasise the skills, knowledge and experience you could bring to the position. Close by thanking the employer for his time and offering to provide any additional information as necessary.
Wait at least one week after sending your follow-up letter. Call the employer and ask whether the position has been filled. If the position is still open, affirm your interest in the job and give your name and contact information. Cease contacting this employer further, as you may become something of a "stalker."
Tips and warnings
- Use the follow-up to sell your qualifications. Sedek to come across as interested--not desperate.
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