You have applied for a job but there’s been no response from the employer. How do you follow up your resume without seeming desperate?
So you’ve applied for that coveted job? But despite anxiously waiting with based breath, there’s been no response from the organization. What next?
Most job seekers have been this tricky situation at one point or the other. Waiting by the phone is usually not the best option. Landing a good job is a competitive process and passively waiting rarely did anyone good.
Following up effectively reminds the organization of your interest in the job. It also gives you another opportunity to sell yourself. Think of it this way: An organization may receive hundreds of resumes for the same, single job. What can you do to give yourself an added advantage?
Candidates are always valued who follow up. It shows that they are dedicated and interested. The organization, in return tends to take them more seriously. Moreover, following up confirms that the company has received your application and that they don’t need any more documents / details.
Timing is the key to effective follow up. Following up should ideally be done about five working days after you have sent your resume. The employer will have had a chance to see your resume, but it is unlikely the position has already been filled. Out of sight is out of mind, so a longer delay is not advisable. At the same time, a very short time span can be translated into impatience and desperation, both qualities potential job seekers would want to avoid.
Keep a record of the exact date and time when you followed up. It is also important to note down the name of the person you spoke to. This helps ensure that follow up occurs on a timely, regular basis.
Potential job seekers usually have to pick between following up through an email or by having a telecon. Here, there is no hard and fast rule. While a phone call is more personal, pinning down the concerned person may be difficult. In larger organizations, an email is advisable as there may be more than one person handling the recruitment/s; in small sized firms, a phone call will be appreciated. If the employer has asked you to only correspond via email do heed to the request. A job applicant who can’t follow basic rules gives a very bad impression.
Whatever the form, follow up must be done in a clear, precise manner. Introduce yourself properly. After all, the aim of following up is to give a personal touch to your application. The follow up should reiterate your interest in the position and remind the recruiter why you are a suitable candidate for the same. Be professional. Don’t list your achievements or boast about you qualities. End by asking the recruiter what the next step in the selection process would be. Don’t forget to thank them or their time.
Should you choose to send an email, brevity is the key. The more concise your email the more chances that it will be read entirely. There’s no reason why an email can’t be personal. Addressing an email is important – make the effort to find the name of the recruiter. There are plenty of sample follow up letters available on the Internet. Refer to these if you need a framework but resist the urge to use them directly.
In case you want to have a telecon, keep in mind an outline of what you plan to say. If you are likely to get nervous write down a few guiding sentences. Call at an appropriate time (avoid early morning, late evenings or lunch time). Keep your resume handy incase the employer decides to conduct a spontaneous interview over the phone.
The line between proactive and imposing is narrow. Do follow up, but don’t hound the organization. Remember to be friendly yet professional, interested yet not desperate. Good follow up may be the tipping advantage in landing you that dream job.