A Step-by-Step Guide to Effective Job Application Follow Up

application follow upThere’s a lot of recent grads and young professionals gunning for the same opportunities. So you need every advantage possible, especially when it comes to your job application follow up.

As many successful job seekers have found, the application follow up is one way to gain an edge and give you peace of mind.

Here’s how to do it right…

1. Lay Low for 24 Hours

If someone responds via email and says, ‘Thanks for applying. We’ll be in touch if we need blah blah blah…’ then you know your resume/cover letter made it to the right place.

If you don’t hear a peep after 24 hours…

2. It’s Time to Take Action

If 100 people apply for the same job, the employer may not respond to each person and say ‘Thanks for applying. We got your stuff.’ No big deal. Maybe it’s just the way the company handles the hiring process.

3. Send an Email


My name is ______, and I recently applied for the position of _______. I want to make sure you received my application. If you can, please let me know.

Thanks very much.’

If no answer by email…

4. Call the Front Desk

Be polite and don’t come across offended that no one responded to your application OR email. If the employer confirms he/she received your application, you’re golden. Now, you have two reasons to feel good:

Do you think all 100 people will call/email their application follow up?

No way. But you did, and now you look pretty sharp in the eyes of the employer. Doesn’t guarantee the position, but it can’t hurt.

5. Wait Another Day and Call Again

If you still can’t reach anyone after the second call, then it’s time to ease up. The company may have internal issues, which could help decide if you even want to work there.

Bonus: Above All, Do Not Be Timid

In the job market, you need to look out for yourself at all times. Never let this thought cross your mind:

‘I don’t want to call the company and check on my application because I would just be bothering them.’

Nonsense. Pure, unfiltered hogwash. If you want the job, go for it. Let the employer know you exist, demand (in a nice way) that someone acknowledge your application. It’s not brown-nosing, and it’s not being overly aggressive.

It’s the smart play.

There are people who wait for the world to come to them. And there are those who go out and make things happen.

Which one are you?


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Danny_RubinAbout the Author: Danny Rubin is a communications expert and author of the new book, Wait, How Do I Write This Email?, a collection of 100+ templates for networking, the job search and LinkedIn. For more of Danny’s insights and sample chapters from the book, visit his blog, The Template, which highlights the career advice in the latest headlines. Follow him on Twitter.



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