Should you check up on a job application?

So you’ve finalized your reference list, polished your resume and finally submitted your job application. Now it’s time to sit back and wait for the recruiter to contact you, right? Not quite.

According to a newly developed survey from staffing firm Accountemps, all human resources managers interviewed said candidates should check back after submitting a resume. Twenty-nine percent said job candidates should reach out within a week while 36 percent said between one and two weeks.

Accountemps offers these dos and don’ts when it comes to following up on a job:

Do ...

Communicate via email or phone

Send your follow-up email or call within two weeks of applying for the position. Keep your message clear and concise, and try to come across as calm and confident.

Express interest

Use this message to reiterate what you admire about the company, its mission and the value you would add. Keep the note short and sweet – and don't forget to check your spelling and grammar.

Ask about next steps

When you connect with the recruiter, ask about the next steps in the hiring process and when candidates will be notified about interviews.

Don't ...

Be pushy

Calling multiple times a day or cluttering the employer's inbox with numerous emails is annoying. Don't risk being removed from consideration for being too persistent.

Discuss salary

Following up on your application materials is not the time to bring up compensation, benefits and perks. Reserve that conversation for when you are further along in the interview process.

Get discouraged

If you never hear back from the employer, it's time to move on. Use the opportunity to refine your resume or reach out to contacts in your network for leads.


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