How To Follow Up On Your Job Application

Follow up CV

What are the rules when it comes to following up on a resume you have sent out for a job application? Here are some tips and advise on how to follow up after you have sent your CV to a potential employer. Be aware that most potential employers will not give you a call or a response to your resume. These tips will not be suitable for every resume but are rules that are good for you to follow.

Use The 1-2 Week Rule

Follow up one to two weeks after you have submitted your resume. That is generally the amount of time most employers take to review all applicants and contact candidates of interest for an interview.

Follow Up In the Morning

Make contact during the early morning hours when you have a better chance of reaching someone before she or he is bogged down with other tasks to do for the day.

Don’t Just Ask If Your CV Was Received

This can turn off an employer and does nothing to distinguish you. Instead, use this chance to distinguish yourself and build rapport. Identify the appropriate contact person and CALL them so you can have a conversation and emphasize your strengths.

This is your opportunity to impress them with your insights, knowledge, and intelligence, and they love it when you demonstrate you have researched the company and know a lot about them. For example, “Is this position for the new plant you announced in your latest press release? I should mention I have been the plant manager at two start-ups and beat production goals on both occasions.”

See the difference? Instead of being a nudge, you have reinforced your value proposition to the firm. It might make all the difference.

Following up is an opportunity to bring your candidacy to the top. Use these tips to help you stand out from the crowd.


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