So, the big question is, “When is it appropriate to follow up with an employer on my submission and how do I do it?” There is no answer that will fit every scenario, but there are some good rules you should follow.
Here are some general rules:
Use The 1-2 Week Rule
Follow up one to two weeks after you have submitted your resume. That is generally the amount of time most employers take to review all applicants and contact candidates of interest for an interview.
Follow Up In the Morning
Make contact during the early morning hours when you have a better chance of reaching someone before she or he is bogged down with other tasks to do for the day.
Don’t Just Ask If Your Resume Was Received
This can turn off an employer and does nothing to distinguish you. Instead, use this chance to distinguish yourself and build rapport. Identify the appropriate contact person and CALL them so you can have a conversation and emphasize your strengths.
This is your opportunity to impress them with your insights, knowledge, and intelligence, and they love it when you demonstrate you have researched the company and know a lot about them. For example, “Is this position for the new plant you announced in your latest press release? I should mention I have been the plant manager at two start-ups and beat production goals on both occasions.”
See the difference? Instead of being a nudge, you have reinforced your value proposition to the firm. It might make all the difference.
Following up is an opportunity to bring your candidacy to the top. Use these tips to help you stand out from the crowd.