You applied for a job you’re really excited about, but so far, you’ve only heard crickets. The company’s lack of response could be caused by a variety of reasons, so get to the bottom of it.
Unless the job posting explicitly instructs applicants not to contact the employer, it’s perfectly acceptable to reach out. Wait until at least two weeks have passed since you submitted your application, then use the contact information listed on the posting to call or email.
Taking this step emphasizes your excitement for the job and makes you stand out from other candidates. Here’s some advice to help make this initiative a success.
How to Write a Follow-Up Email
Hiring managers prefer to be contacted by email, so choose this medium, if you have the option. Here’s a few guidelines to help you write a message that’s tasteful and effective.
- Include the title of the position and your name in the email subject line.
- Maintain a formal tone, as this is effectively a business letter sent by email.
- Reiterate your interest in the position and highlight your fit.
- Offer to provide any additional documentation needed.
- Keep your email brief, as the hiring manager doesn’t have time to read a manifesto.
How to Make a Follow-Up Phone Call
If you’re unable to find an email address for the hiring manager, pick up the phone and call them. It’s best to do this first thing in the morning or late afternoon, as this is when you’re most likely to catch them at their desk. Here are a few tips for a successful conversation.
- Introduce yourself and note the position you applied to.
- Restate your interest in the job and desire to meet with them.
- Ask if they would like any additional information from you.
- Inquire about the next steps in the hiring process.
- Don’t keep the hiring manager on the phone for more than a few minutes, as you don’t want to irritate them by taking up too much of their time.
You might get their voicemail, so be prepared to leave a brief message. State your name, the job you applied to, and explain you were calling to follow-up on your application. Leave your phone number and thank them for their time.
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