Following up after turning in a job application is a perfect way to stand out from the crowd of applicants during the application process. It can draw hiring managers’ attention towards your attributes that make you great for the role.
What is a Job Application Follow-up?
A job application follow-up is a step in the job search that is an email checking in after submitting the resume, cover letter, and other materials requested in the application. The main goal is to encourage closer attention to detail, and as a result, a higher consideration for a job interview.
In the past, phone calls were customary for the follow-up, but many hiring managers and recruiters note that these are not appreciated. A phone call may be a good option for a second follow-up but should be avoided if possible.
A follow-up used to be a follow-up letter, although, a follow-up should be timely and letters tend to be a slower option for communication, especially if the interview process goes quickly.
When Should you Follow Up?
A follow-up should occur somewhere between one and two weeks after turning in the job application.
While following up, be detail-oriented. Some job listings will specifically note no follow-ups. Do not follow up.
Time the follow-up email properly. The best day to send it is Tuesdays through Thursdays.
Find the proper contact information. If it is not on the job posting, it may require searching on the company’s websites
A Successful Follow Up does…
- Is clear and concise
- Maintains professionalism
- Affirms your interest
- Shares your top qualifications
- Expresses your gratitude for their time
Tips for Follow Up
- Find the right email to send it to
- See if you have anyone to get your foot in the door
- Ask a good question in the follow-up
- Engage with the company on social media
Follow Up Template
Here is an email sample for following up.
Subject Line: Follow-Up on Digital Strategy Internship Application
Dear Ms. Smith (hiring manager’s name),
Last week, I submitted my application for the role of digital strategy intern (job title) but also wanted to personally connect with you.
I’ve been looking for a position that fits me at the company for a while, so I was excited to apply for the role of digital strategy intern. As was mentioned in the job description, Harper, Inc (company name). is in need of a proactive self-starter who has incredible creativity and communication skills. I’d love to discuss more how my prior digital marketing internship experience can help Harper, Inc.
Please let me know if you need any more details in regards to my application. Thank you for taking the time to review my application. I look forward to hearing back from you.
Notes for a Second Follow Up
A second follow-up can occur if there is no response a week after the initial follow-up. In the second follow-up, try sending it at a different time and a different day of the week.
This second follow-up should have a new format and a new subject. After a second follow-up, do not send any further communication to that recruiter or hiring manager.
Job hunting is difficult, but sending a follow-up can greatly improve your chances of success!