It is essential to do a proper follow up after submitting your application for your desired position. Our experience tells us so! A targeted outreach is key in order to land the interview.
Hesitant to follow up? Well…. please don’t be. Following up is one of the most important steps during your application process. As long as you are mindful, following up will serve as a vantage point.
In order to get yourself noticed (and your resume read), you need to ensure that you employ a series of follow up strategies:
- Find direct phone numbers of the recruiter in charge of the application process; of another person holding the same or a similar position to which you are applying; or of the supervisor of the job you are targeting. Make a phone call, introduce yourself and kindly ask to speak with a specific person.
- I.e. This is Valentina speaking, good morning. I am a Communications Consultant and a prospective employee at (x Name of the company). I was hoping that you could assist me today. I submitted an application for (Position x) last week. I am really interested in this opportunity and I would like to make sure that you received the application. If you did, may I ask how many applicants are you considering and what is the time-frame for the application process please?
- Be prepared to have an interview done over the phone. In most of the occasions, even though they had not even looked at my application, they retrieved it on their system and proceeded to perform a preliminary interview over the phone.
- According to Forbes, it is crucial to make sure that if you follow up via email, “that your message ends up in the right inbox. Having a reply-to email address like jobs@ or careers@ is great, but there is one extra trick you can try to get ahead of the other candidates: knowing the person you are applying to.
- Search LinkedIn to find the name of the person who holds the hiring manager position (if not already listed on the job ad).
- Use that name to create various possible email address versions and search for them on Google: a.garcia@, andrew.garcia@, andrewgarcia@, garcia.a@, etc. I’ll bet you that in 9 out of 10 cases, you will find the person’s direct contact email on the Web.
- Use that email address as the primary recipient, and the generic job application email address as the secondary recipient. This way you will be contacting both.”
NOTE: “While we do encourage some moderate and well-informed research about the person (as explained above), please do not take it too far: sending emails to personal email accounts, calling cell phones, or showing up at someone’s doorstep is the wrong approach and might get you in bigger trouble than just wiped off the “potential candidates” list.” –Melanie Haselmayr, Forbes CONTRIBUTOR
Valentina Stoeckler is a Communications Consultant in the areas of Gender Justice, Diversity and Inclusion and Intercultural Team Building. Her professional experience ranges from her long-term involvement with the United Nations System (UN Women Committees & Chapters) to dedicated NGO’s such as the International Women’s Rights Action Watch or the International Disability Alliance. She holds a BA in Communication Studies and a Master’s in International Relations and Diplomacy with emphasis in Gender Policy. For the past year, Valentina moderated communications throughout EDGE Strategy, the global business certification standard for gender equality and also served as a client advisor for the launch of global EDGE certification announcements.
Valentina is available for public speaking engagements and for one-on-one consultations at firstname.lastname@example.org