By: Kayla McDonald
Contacting an employer after you have applied or interviewed for a job is very important. I’ve heard complaints from both hiring managers and job seekers about not hearing back from someone after showing interest. In my opinion, follow-up is the responsibility of both job seekers and hiring departments.
In fact, most people wait to follow up only after a job interview, not knowing it is just as beneficial to follow up on their job application too! While this process can be scary for the job seeker, contacting the recruiter or hiring manager after expressing your interest can really help you Stand Out from other candidates. And knowing how to follow up on a job application may increase your chances of getting hired.
So if you applied to an open position and haven’t gotten a response back, give the following strategies a try.
Make A Phone Call
Wait about a week after submitting a job application or being interviewed to take your next step. Then call your main point of contact which should be a recruiter or member of the company’s hiring team. Don’t be discouraged if you’re not able to speak with the right person on the first try. It’s normal to be transferred to other departments. Be willing to leave a voice mail or message with the receptionist if the opportunity presents itself.
Keep in mind it’s always best to follow the directions from a potential employer’s job posting before calling by phone. Avoid calling if it says Do Not Call or No Phone Calls. During an interview is also a great time to ask for contact information and discuss job expectations. In addition, you can stay organized by keeping a contact list of people to follow-up with from each company.
Send An Email
While a phone call would be my first recommendation for the initial method of following up, others claim that email is the best method because job seekers can show interest in the role while also respecting their contact’s time. In my opinion, email is a great secondary option to take in circumstances where the company does not accept phone inquiries. Email is a great method to use if you have not heard back from your contact after leaving a voicemail. Patience will be helpful as I suggest waiting 48-72 hours for an email response. Especially hiring departments because they are busier than ever due to limitations the pandemic has caused in the job market.
Visit The Local Office
One of my favorite ways to follow-up is dropping by the physical location. Now obviously this applies to companies that have brick and mortar locations. Just a side note…These follow-up processes do not have to be done in any particular order. You can try each method as it fits your situation. Once you arrive at the job site or corporate office, stop at the front desk or ask a staff member who you can speak with about hiring. They may ask you for more detail and refer you to the correct department.
Walk-ins can be a win-win situation for both job seekers and employers. A major benefit for those seeking employment is the ability to experience the culture of the organization and see if you like the vibe. In addition, job seekers can also gather information about their staff who to contact in regards to the hiring process.. Most importantly walk-ins allow hiring managers to get more familiar with you as a candidate.
In summary, I have listed three of the most effective job search strategies. These simple actions have landed me countless interviews with hiring managers and job opportunities! Companies are looking for ways to filter out candidates. By applying the strategies above, you’re more likely to move to the next steps.
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