This time of the year, many employers review up to 100 resumes per job opening and with so many applications, there's clearly a certain etiquette that needs to be upheld, particularly when it comes to following up after you apply. Unfortunately, following up incorrectly can send your résumé to the trash can. If you're uncertain on follow-up etiquette, here are some tips:
Contact the right person: It's so important to contact the right person in the follow-up process. While the job description may not include contact information, there are some easy ways to obtain it. Use databases or check out who posted the job on social media. By doing a little detective work, you'll be able to find the right person to contact that can give you information about the position.
Take schedules into account: Employers are busy people. They may not have time to respond to every email or call back every candidate. Although you did take the time to apply for the position, you have to understand the schedules of the hiring department, especially if the position is highly coveted. Here's a tip: Following up after one week is pretty customary, no matter how busy an employer may be. If the job description says anything else – such as following up after two weeks or sending them a message on LinkedIn – be sure to keep these methods in mind, as well.
Don’t follow-up more than twice: While not everyone may agree, it's okay to follow-up on your follow-up. Emails can always get lost in the shuffle or the employer may have forgotten to respond to you. However, anything more can be seen as annoying and overbearing, especially if it's the same message twice. Oftentimes, an employer may have "mentally" acknowledged they got a message or voicemail and simply decided to leave it at that. Once you've followed up twice, you've done your part and should wait for things to happen naturally.
Cut your losses if there is silence: It's a tough pill to swallow, but sometimes you need to cut your losses. It's nothing personal nor should you take it as such, but sometimes someone was just more qualified than you. When this happens, you can either get angry or you can learn from your mistakes.
For example, if you evaluate how your candidacy could have been improved, such as sending in higher quality writing samples or following directions better, you can move forward as a smarter job seeker. If you're not landing interviews, take a look at how you're following up after you send in your application. You'll likely find a connection between how you contacted an employer and the outcome of your candidacy.
|Md. Nur-E-Safa||Posted on : September 08, 2016 7:47 am|