Scott Polley
about 1 year ago
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Follow-up on Electronic Submitted Resumes and Applications

I have submitted multiple resumes and applications via electronic submission (which seems every company wants them this way) and I am wondering if I should follow-up with a phone call, email, or some other form of contact? I have been able to locate many HR individuals of the companies. There are several companies and positions I am deeply interested in. Any thoughts or guidance?

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Nelson Franco
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Hi Scott Polley , great question! Most career sites require a username and password setup before you can get to the actually application which automatically triggers an applicant portal.

You can actually log back into your applicant portal to check on your application status and verify a series of other items like pending assessments, number of applications, HR messages, and more.

Check your applications status there first before contacting the hiring managers or recruiters. An application status in a 'pending review' for example let you know that it was process successfully and is verified for review at the other end.

A follow-up phone call is the most common method unless otherwise indicated on the company career page or application.

A 'go to' contact name or referral is the best method! Check the companies social media pages for people in leadership roles you can reach out to and ask for referrals. LinkedIn is another good resource for finding human resources and contact referral resources.

A follow-up call within 7 days from your online application submission is a solid grace period.

Thanks for raising this important question in the community today. Keep us updated on your progress!

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J Nault
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I would get a professional to help you write an appealing profile and resume. Also consider worksource for worker retraining if you're breaking in to a new field of work.

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Janelle Gomez
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I usually sign up for emails or text notifications. This will give you small updates like how many applicants have applied, if your application was viewed, if they have viewed your info more than once, if the position has closed, etc. Sometimes your resume doesn't even get past an applicant tracking system so calling HR is fruitless as they wouldn't even have seen your resume.

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Reginald Graddy
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I'm in the same boat. Put in applications left and right, you get that token auto-reply email, aaaaaand nothing.

Then you start getting all these electronic job offers that lead to nowhere. You click on a link, that, leads you to another link. Then it leads you to jobs you have no interest in.

I feel like I'm at the point where I have to start calling people, and go to COMPANY websites, not the 'tweener' sites. Everything is so automated these days. You hardly ever talk to an actual person.

I guess the next step is to drive to company building or headquarters with my portfolio in hand. I'm getting to a point where INCOME has to coming in. I'm tired of talking to robots and automated emails, and endless link loops.

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JAMES Van Dyke
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Please continue. Thanks got your help.

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Verse Pearson, Jr
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As long as you understand that Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) are code-named "Weapons of Mass Rejection," you'll rest well at night. The key to applying for jobs, ironically, is not applying for jobs on boards. Network into a firm through relationships or thru LinkedIn and seek out an INSIDER to sponsor you for an employee referral. Internal employee referral processes get instant visibility with the recruiting folk, and it increases your odds of, at least, getting a convo started. Hope this helps.

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Shilpa Sen
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Hi Scott... Its so much inspiring that you had not given up..there is no harm in doing a follow up though!! If you feel otherwise no harm in exploring other options as well !!

All the best with your job search!! Will chant for you that you definitely come out victorious.

You can also chant Nam Myoho Renge Kyo and write your wish of getting the kind of job!!

God bless you

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