How to Follow-up on job Applications


You’re not alone in thinking a job listing is the ideal one for you. This is particularly true when every requirement adds up to the skills and experience you possess. Well, others are just as keen to get that job. What’s more, your efforts at getting it might turn out to be futile.

It’s definitely part of the process to get turned down. But the main reason doesn’t have to be because you didn’t follow-up on the process. Sure, it can take a lot of time to come true with the waiting period weighing you down. However, you can stay positive and confident by following up on your application.

Here are ways to help you do that, to wit.

1. Placing a few calls

You’re not being intrusive when you decide to make that all important phone call. What’s more, it will most like show you have the initiative – something employers love. This is especially true about PR sales positions where boldness in connecting with clients is absolutely necessary. If you have the HR’s contact, you can inquire about the process and the length of time before they make a stand on the position. What you want is feedback from a reliable source. In addition, be on your best behavior even if your application is unsuccessful.

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2. Connect via Email

Emails still remain one of the most popular means to follow-up on job applications. Most recruiters are comfortable with this choice of communication. This is what makes it the best way to follow up after an application. You want to get it right though. So get your sentences well-constructed (short ones), and be courteous in your approach before getting to the main point of your email. After the introductory sentences, you can ask questions about the application including a timeline for their decision.

A follow-up email shows you’re keen to work with the recruiter even though not all will reply your email. What you want to do is be as professional as possible. This goes for your email address and the content of your message.

3. Social Media

Organizations also use social media. Well, you probably know that. But have you added them to your social networks? It’s a great way to stay in touch with them. Further, it’s a nice way to show you have a presence online and how that could possibly help them should they decide to give you the job.

Add them to your social networks but don’t be all over them. A platform that oozes class or professionalism is important. For example, LinkedIn is a great platform to help you follow up on recruiters. Other platforms that aren’t as professional might land you in some trouble.


4. Your Connections

Depending on where you applied, connections can help you keep abreast with the status of your application. This way, you won’t fret when you don’t hear from the recruiter for weeks. A friend who works in the organization or who’s linked in some way to you can help you stay informed. Sift through your personal contacts. Who knows? A name might pop up to give you a headstart among other candidates. Additionally, your resume will be given more consideration, and your skills given some exposure.

If you don’t have a phone contact to reach, consider using social media platforms. A good relationship with the person who works in the company will most likely see you land that job. Even if you don’t get the job, you’ll receive vital Intel, and probably use thag experience somewhere else.

Final Words

There’s nothing quite like putting in an application and being successful. Being patient helps but you shouldn’t just wait to be contacted. Do some follow-up to press home your value to the organization.

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