Following up is an essential component of the job search process. It serves two purposes, it allows you to say thank you to the employer for their time after an interview and it also reminds them of who you are. Think of following up as a nice way of saying “Hey...remember me?!” Check out the best ways to follow up without bothering an employer.
NO ONE likes their inbox flooded with emails from the same company or individual over and over. The first initial #followup should thank the employer for their time or mention that you applied and why you are a great fit for the role. Resist the urge to email repeatedly this will only bother the employer as well as make you appear desperate. It’s important to remember that employers have your information. If they are interested in you as a candidate they WILL call or email you. Instead, follow up once and then consider a second follow up a few weeks later and do not reach back out.
Don’t make the hiring manager do more work than necessary. Make your emails skimmable and concise so stick to the point! Your email should be easy to read and understood in a just few seconds. Some ways to make your emails more skimmable include:
Everyone appreciates someone who is thoughtful so it should go without saying that remembering to thank an employer is critical! They devoted time out of their busy professional day to you, so acknowledge that in your follow up. By demonstrating your gratitude you are showcasing that you are a polite, considerate, and appreciative prospective employee that knows the value of someone’s time.
Don’t follow up with a vague message. When you send an email, be sure they know what you expect as an outcome. Do you need more information, are you checking in on the status of things, or are you simply reinforcing your excitement for the position and thanking them for their time? Whatever the purpose is, make sure there is a clear call to action. For example a simple, "I look forward to hearing back about your decision" works wonders.
It’s fantastic if you were able to land an interview, but it doesn’t necessarily guarantee you the position. With that being said it’s important not to place all of your attention and hopes into this one job opportunity. After you have followed up be sure to keep applying and sending your resume out there!
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