The fact that you don’t hear back from a prospective employer after you send your resume doesn’t mean they are not interested in you. While silence is often interpreted as disinterest, it can also be a result of the business of the hiring manager. That’s why job seekers should always follow-up with the organization shortly after submitting their application.
A resume follow-up will not only remind the hiring manager of your application, it will also demonstrate to him that you are driven and have sincere interest in the position. These are exactly the kind of traits you will need to stand out in a crowded job market. So how do you keep in touch without being a pest? The amount of times you contact an employer will vary, but there are four basic rules you should follow that will help your cause:
If you send a follow-up note too quickly you will risk annoying the hiring manager. Waiting too long, on the other hand, could take you out of the running. The ideal time to contact the employer is within one to two weeks.
How should you follow-up with the employer? An e-mail, phone call, or a handwritten note delivered to the office are all acceptable forms of communication, though a phone call will give you the best chance of directly reaching someone. Plus, it’s more personal.
Does the job description not have contact information for the hiring manager? Go to the organization’s website and see if you can find the e-mail and/or phone number of the human resources department. If it’s not there, contact the employer and ask for it.
Hit the following points in your follow-up note: Express your continued interest in the position and reiterate the skills you have that make you an ideal fit.
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