You’ve just spent weeks (or months) researching, finding and applying for companies that you would be more than honored to work for. You submit your resume, cross your fingers and hope for the best, right? Wrong.
Following up is crucial in today’s competitive market. Just because you applied for the job doesn’t mean your work is done.
Almost all hiring managers say it’s a good idea to follow up once you’ve submitted a resume.
Some candidates choose not to follow up simply because they assume the hiring manager is busy and doesn’t want to be bothered. Though they are busy, they are never bothered by a quick follow up. In fact, hiring managers say that those who follow up stand out amongst other candidates and have a better chance at getting hired since they’re remembered.
Let’s look at a few ways to properly follow up on the resumes you just sent out.
Tips for following up on resumes
The most common question people have about following up is when and how they should go about it. Remember, hiring managers are busy – so don’t expect them to have taken a look over your resume within a day of you sending it. Most hiring managers get to resumes a few weeks – if not months – after they’ve been submitted.
Proper time to follow up? Two to three weeks after submission.
Next, people wonder how they should go about following up. You never want to come across as pushy or annoying, you simply want to make it known that you are highly interested in the job and really see yourself as a good fit for the company.
Best approach to following up? An email or handwritten note is best. While a phone call will work, too, it can sometimes catch the hiring manager off guard. An email or note allows them time to check out your resume and get back to you on their terms.
Other tips for following up include:
· Keep it brief. If you send a lengthy email or note, chances are it will get deleted or not read in full. Hiring managers don’t have time to read in-depth emails, so keep it short.
· Think of it as a “thank you.” Basically, you want to thank them for considering you and let them know that you look forward to hearing from them soon. Don’t reiterate why you’re a perfect candidate and start listing off your qualifications – that’s what your resume did.
· Stay positive. Keep the note positive and never be demanding of the hiring manager. If they like you, they will be in contact.
· Be realistic. Finally, be realistic. Just because you sent a follow up email or note doesn’t mean you’re going to land an interview. Keep applying for jobs and keep following up to those opportunities, as well.
The final question that candidates have is the number of times they should follow up in regards to one position.
Typically, once is enough unless this is your dream job we’re talking about. If that’s the case, you can follow-up up to three times – anymore than that is unnecessary and can be viewed as too desperate.
About the Author: Sarah Brooks is a freelance writer covering topics on Gary Crittenden, personal finances and job searches. She lives in Arizona with her husband and daughter.