Check in and follow up with the employer one to two days after submitting every job application. Your follow-up will demonstrate your enthusiasm for the job. Employers like to hire people who are excited about starting a new job at their company or organization.
Following up in person is highly beneficial for online applications. Find out who the hiring manager is and visit the location when they are available. Introduce yourself and simply inquire about the status of your application. Your goal is to get an interview.
On the phone, after applying:
"Hi, Mr. Jones. This is Haley Smith. I recently submitted my application and résumé for the cashier position. I would like to know when we can meet to discuss the details of this opportunity."
On the phone, after the interview:
"Hi, Mrs. Martin. This is Robert Norris. I wanted to call and thank you for taking time to interview me last week for the sales position. I was wondering if you have made a decision."
Via email, asking for the interview:
"Dear Mr. Smith,
This is Andrea Chen, a senior at City High School. I am seeking an opportunity to meet with you regarding the available customer service position. My résumé was submitted online, along with my application. I look forward to meeting you. I will call you tomorrow to follow up.
Keeping track of the jobs you have applied for and the managers you have spoken to is extremely beneficial. You can remind yourself the date you applied, whom you submitted your application to, and any other important information you learned during the application process. This will let the employer see how responsible you are and how serious you are about the position.
Feel free to use our Follow-Up Log, or create your own. You will be glad you did.