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Here’s why you should always follow up on your job application and 10 tips on how to do it

Following up on your job application does several things:

  • It shows your interest in the company.
  • It gives you another chance to sell yourself.
  • It reminds busy employers and recruiters to look at your application when they may be inundated with CVs.

“Job seekers should know that tenacity is often noted and usually rewarded,” says Adam Hatch, a hiring manager and career expert at ResumeGenius.com. “Going the extra mile, especially with an immediate ‘thank you’ follow up after an interview, is quickly becoming standard etiquette in job searches.”

Tips for following up on a job application

  1. First, check the job listing and see if there are any guidelines the company want you to follow, or if there are any indications on when would be a good time to follow up.
  2. Aim to follow up within three to five days.
  3. Contact the right person. Research online or call the HR department to find out exactly who is in charge of the recruitment process – this is the person you need to impress.
  4. If you’re following up by phone, be prepared to undergo a brief screening interview. Have some good questions and answers prepared.
  5. When following up by email, try not to be too dry or formulaic. Be creative and show your personality.
  6. Utilise your subject line and use it to get noticed. If you’re emailing after an interview, thank the person by name in the subject line. If you’ve never spoken to the person before, pique their interest and try something like ‘update on my application’ or ‘anything else you need?’
  7. If you’re emailing after your first application, talk about the company and how you can be of benefit to them. Research online for any recent company news or press releases and prove your interest. Avoid looking too dry – show your personality.
  8. Use LinkedIn. Ask to connect with the recruiter and send them a direct message in lieu of a phone call or email.
  9. Don’t overdo it and send multiple follow-ups, this will put employers off.
  10. Consider making contact before you send your CV by calling and asking for more information and use your application as the follow-up. They will be expecting it and be more likely to take notice.