Back to Basics! How to Follow Up After Submitting a Job Application

If you recently lost your job or decided to pursue other opportunities, you’ve probably found yourself in the middle of an employment search. And with so many people competing for open positions, you’ll want to get the basics right. So, how do you follow up after submitting a job application?


Tips to Follow Up on a Job Application

How Long Should You Wait?

Following up within days will make you look impatient, or worst yet desperate, while delaying too long could lead to a missed opportunity. A good rule of thumb is to wait one to two weeks. However, if there is an application deadline use that (not your submission date) as the starting point.

Is It Better to Reach Out with a Phone Call or an Email?

Deciding how to follow up is a personal choice. Nevertheless, many hiring managers prefer emails because they can respond at their convenience. If you decide to call, start the conversation by asking, “Is this a good time?” If it’s not or if you can’t get through, leave a voice mail instead. Just remember to include your phone number in the message, so it’s easy to call you back.

What Should You Say in Your Follow-Up Message?

Ultimately, you want to accomplish two main goals. 1) Express your ongoing interest in the position and 2) Remind the hiring manager why you would be a great candidate. And of course, you’ll need to be polite, to-the-point, and gracious throughout. If you’re not sure where to begin, check out these templates for following up on a job application. Also, make sure you rehearse phone messages and/or proofread your written messages.

In either an email, phone call, or voice mail, include the following:

  • A greeting which includes the hiring manager’s name
  • Your name
  • The position for which you applied
  • An expression of your ongoing interest
  • A quick overview of your top qualifications for this role
  • Your contact information
  • A closing statement such as, “Please let me know if you need any additional information.”

When Is the Best Time to Contact the Hiring Manager?

When following up, keep in mind hiring managers and supervisors are busy people. Therefore, try to call or email during their downtime. Usually, the middle of the week is quieter than Mondays or Fridays. Similarly, early afternoons tend to be less hectic than early mornings or late afternoons.

Is It Acceptable to Follow Up More Than Once?

Checking in can help you get noticed but pestering a hiring manager will land your application in the trash. Thus, only follow up once or maybe twice. For example, sending an email followed by a phone call or visa versa is perfectly fine.


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