So you submitted your cover letter and resume to potential jobs and have no idea when you should do a follow up. Should I call? Email? Or send a letter? All of those ways are effective in small doses. In other words, don’t do all three but choose one.
If a few days after dropping off your resume you haven’t heard back from anyone, it’s time to make that phone call. It maybe intimidating for some, so its always easier if you have a script written out like this one:
This is ______ calling. A few days ago I applied for the ______ position in your company’s ______ department/division. I’m calling to make sure you received my resume and to reiterate my interest in the position.
Anymore than two phone calls is too much. The trick is to sound interested and qualified, not desperate. The CareerDoctor.org puts it in good terms:
“The cliché that fits in job-seeking — unless abused — is that the squeaky wheel gets the grease; in other words, the job-seeker who follows-up — who shows interest in the job and the company — will get more attention than other applicants.”
Some employers don’t like the phone calls mostly because of the inconvenience and time management so they’ll prefer email instead. It is important to be brief and straight to the point. No one is going to read a longwinded email about how much you really want the job and then proceed to ask multiple questions concerning the job. Remember, recruiting and selection process can take months so be patient.
If you have sent out multiple resumes, it is a good idea to keep a record for everything. Make a spreadsheet that has a list of all the places you have sent out your resume too with columns for interviews, follow-ups, and contact information. If you don’t you may lose important information concerning your next job.
The very last thing to remember is “Don’t Give Up!” Be persistent and confident in your job search. It may get low at times but remember that your dream job may just be a phone call away.Aaron was the first intern for ResumeBucket back in 2008 and now is the full time Community Manager. He has a degree from California State University Fullerton specializing in Advertising. You can send him an email at Aaron@ResumeBucket.com