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Best Practices for Following Up on Job Applications

Once you’ve applied for a job, you should consider sending a personalized follow-up email to (1) reiterate your interest in the role and (2) check on the status of the job opening. Don’t count on employers to keep you informed about the status of your application. You might need to reach out to determine your status. You may not get a reply, but it's worth spending the time it takes to follow up with the employer. We’ve heard from numerous employers that customized follow up notes from candidates can make a big difference to them (and it makes them want to meet with those candidates first). 

Waiting for a response on a job application can be nerve racking, but you are entitled to check in with the employer or recruiter on the status of that particular opening. And by personalizing this message, you can stand out from the crowd. If you want a tool to help you craft these types of notes, visit to use our free product!

Why Should You Follow Up on a Job Application?

Following up on your application in a courteous manner lets you reiterate your interest in the position and confirm that your application was received. Job applications can sometimes get lost or misplaced, so it’s always worth checking to ensure that yours made it into the right hands. It also creates an opportunity to ask the hiring manager whether they need any additional information from you.

Doing such is also a way to show that you’re really interested in the role. It could also be a chance to sell some of your key experience, skills and attributes. It may give you peace of mind knowing where the process is at, and allow you to build rapport with the employer over the phone or by any means of communication.

Guidelines for Your Follow Up Note:

Following up on a job application can benefit you, but only if you do it right. While it can feel like a lifetime has passed, the best thing you can do is to wait patiently after you’ve sent your follow-up letter. Remember, getting selected and hired for a job requires an individual to be dynamic, smart, and intelligent. Make sure your resume reflects those skills. In a worst-case scenario where you don’t get considered for the job. Stay positive and move on with your job search.