It’s no mystery to any job applicant how to begin the process of finding new employment. You begin by searching for job openings, identifying your ideal workplace, tweaking your resume, and preparing for an in-person interview.
Once you have laid all the groundwork you take the big step: applying for the job. A perfect position at your dream company has opened in your hometown. You complete the online application and attach your freshly-polished resume and cover letter, all while dreaming of what you hope is your new job.
But what comes next?
For many job applicants, the process becomes murky once the application has been submitted. The key is to follow up with your prospective employer while keeping in mind their human resources may have been deluged with dozens or even hundreds of applicants. With that kind of volume, it’s possible you won’t get any response at all.
Regardless, it’s still worthwhile for you to send a polite follow-up. In fact, it’s the best practice to send a follow up right away after you apply to convey your appreciation for the opportunity. That follow-up may end up distinguishing you from other applicants. Read on below for additional tips.
Make a note of whether or not the application process provides you with an e-mail address as a point of contact once you have submitted your application. Roughly a week after you submit your application, draft a courteous e-mail following up on your application status. Use this as an opportunity to confirm they received your application. This is also an opportunity to show your enthusiasm for the job.
If another week passes, it is worthwhile to send another brief, courteous e-mail following up on the position. The e-mail should reflect your genuine interest in the job. You can also use this follow-up to inquire into other steps you might be able to take. You can also use this second e-mail to outline how you are a good fit for the company and can provide them with a solution to an issue they might be facing. This e-mail touting your skills should be no longer than one to three sentences in length. Ideally, this discussion of your future impact on the company will lead to a connection between your value and the company’s needs.