Two Important Tips for Following Up on Your Job Application

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.


Step #1


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.


Step #2


If there is no e-mail address provided during the application process you may have to think outside the box to follow up. First, you can search the company website to discover the names of individuals that work in the division you’ve applied for. If there is an e-mail address or another way to contact them make a note of it.


Second, research that person online. You can consider using both search engines and social media. If you can find an e-mail address, send a shortened version of the follow-up e-mail mentioned above. The tone you are looking for is brief, polite, and enthusiastic. Also, indicate you’ve applied for a position in their division and hope to be able to have them as a co-worker soon.


In the e-mail, make it known that you found their contact information while researching the position and that you have discovered they may be a person of influence over the hiring process. You should inform that person that you’re seeking a brief status inquiry and that you are still interested in the position. It’s important not to imply you expect a response and that you write only to express genuine interest in the position.


If you don’t have any luck tracking down an e-mail address, you may need to place a call to the company reception desk. You should indicate to the receptionist who you’re trying to reach and for what purpose. You can also simply request an e-mail address for the person you hope to contact.




The size of the company you’ve applied at can affect your attempts to follow-up on your application. Small and medium-sized companies may provide better opportunities to follow up as websites often identify the prominent ownership and leadership figures.


Regardless of the size of the company, always keep your tone positive and passionate when contacting your potential employer. You should reflect your interest in the position but remain professional. Finally, stay positive. Not only will that mindset assist you in the process it will help you project confidence to those considering your application.