The days of the electronic resume submission have made it harder to know how to follow up. Unless you work with a recruiter, you may submit your resume on a job board and never have contact with a real human. You may never even hear back from your application, which makes it particularly difficult to even know who to follow up with, let along how to do it. But never fear, we’ve compiled some solid tips for appropriate ways to follow up after you’ve submitted a resume.

Three Ways to Follow Up on Your Job Application

These days, the search and hiring process can take way too long. This is particularly true for large enterprise organizations that may still have some outdated online application processes that are laborious and time-consuming.

Say you’ve made it through the application, whether it was just clicking a button or having to manually type in your experience (it still happens). If you don’t hear back from someone at the company in a week or two, should you just consider that the job is a no-go? How can you follow up when you don’t even know who you applied to?

Trick #1 – Use email at the two-week mark to reach back out to where you applied. Most hiring managers prefer email so that they have a record of the correspondence. If you applied through a web portal where there is no email to follow up with, see you can find a general corporate or HR mailbox to send an email. When you send the email, put the title of the job you applied to in the subject line. Write a concisely professional follow-up note. If you don’t know the hiring manager’s name, simply use the salutation, “Dear Hiring Team.” Write that you are following up on the specific job application and that you are extremely interested in the position. End the email with a professional salutation and always reiterate your contact information to make it easier for the hiring manager to follow up.

Trick #2 – Try calling the company. This may seem a little like stalking, in this day and age, but it’s okay to reach out by phone, particularly if you know the name of the hiring manager. Try calling a couple of times early in the morning or late in the day to try to reach someone before leaving a message. The message should be succinct featuring your name and phone number and the job you applied for. Thank the employer for considering your candidacy and reiterate how interested you are in the job. If you get someone on the phone, follow the same succinct approach. Ask if there is anything else they need to help them understand your credentials. It’s also okay to ask how long it will take for the review of applicants and the next steps in the process.

In both instances, thank the company for reviewing your application. If you’re relocating into the role and coming into town, let the employer know that. Ask if they’d like to meet you for coffee or if the team might be available to chat on the day you’re in town. You can do all this in a carefully worded fashion that remains respectful and not too pushy. Sometimes it even helps to write down a script of sorts before you even pick up the phone.

Trick #3 – Partner with a recruiter. IES can work with you to help you find the perfect job. We keep our candidates posted on the interview process and help them improve their resume and interview skills. Contact us today.


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