We talked about how to do a qualified job search in the previous article. Now what’s next?
Jul 21, 2010
1. Check the status of your CV
First of all, if you have applied through a job board like Growinfinance, check the status of your CV from your account. If the CV status is declined, it means that the company is not moving forward with your application; if the status is in process, then they are evaluating your candidature; if the status is finalist you have been chosen as one of the top candidates for the job; and if it’s pending to review, you may want to follow up your application.
2. Double check that the job you applied for matches your profile
If you applied for a job that does not matches your profile, for example you don’t have the required work permit, then you may not need to follow up your application and you probably should not expect any feedback from the company.
Yet, the common case is that you applied for a job that matches your profile and expectations, and the CV you submitted suits the job requirements. Even then, however, sometimes you do not hear from the company in the short period of time that you had hoped for. This is when you need to follow up on the progress of your CV in a non intrusive and pleasant manner.
3. How long should I wait to follow up my application?
If you are waiting more than a week or two to receive a response, it is time to initiate another contact with the company – be it on the phone or by email. During this contact you can get yourself informed about both the status of your application as well as the implemented selection procedure, so that you are aware of what to expect in the future.
4. How should I approach the company?
There is a very thin line between follow-up and frustration for the recruiter. HR specialists need to work on many applications on a daily basis. Thus, in every contact you establish with the company try to bring new information on the table. Otherwise, you risk to sounding desperate.
Try to get the name of someone within the selection process. If you are contacting the company after you had already had the chance to speak with someone working there, be sure to address your letter or call to a specific person rather than the general “Dear Sirs”. If you do not know or remember the name of the contact person, go online. Check your professional network and the contacts of your contacts. Ask your contacts to introduce you to the person you are interested it by stating very clearly your objective. It is important that the “insider” knows exactly why he or she is being contacted which also assures you that they will be more helpful.
5. Calling the company
The follow-up stage is a great moment to once again to express your interest and to highlight your qualifications in the field. You should mention which position you applied to, why you would want to work in the company, why should your application be considered and what would you bring to the corporation.
Take this opportunity to share a bit of news about the company, the industry, or the sector that their desired organization is working in. Further, you might mention some of the latest developments on your side – if you had started a new project, if you had signed up for an additional language course, if you have completed further qualifications, etc. This, again, should not be overdone because if so the candidate is risking being considered desperate which never won anyone a position.
6. Sending a follow up letter
Your follow up letter could be as follows:
I submitted my resume (specify date) for the position advertised on (specify source). I have not heard from your company and would like to confirm receipt of my application, as well as reiterate my interest in the job.
My strong background in ______, ______ and ______ appears to be an excellent match to the qualifications you are seeking, and I am very interested in your opportunity and in working for your company.
I am more than happy to answer any preliminary questions you may have, and I can be reached at (telephone number) or by email (email address).
Thank you for your time and kind consideration.
(Your name and surname)
7. “I tried it but still didn’t get any feedback…”
Sometimes you just do not hear from the company, regardless of all your well-intended efforts. In such a case, just move on and leave it for sometime. Continue with your job search and invest your time to look for other opportunities. Do not get stuck with a company, there are many opportunities out there and you just need to look for them.
The Growinfinance.com Team
How to do a qualified job search
How to Follow Up on Your Job Application
First company contact
How to prepare for your first interview – Part I
What to expect during the different types of interviews you could encounter – Part II
What to expect during the Open Interview and the Structured Interview – Part III
What to expect during the Stress Interview and the Competency Interview – Part IV