Sending your CV off to a number of companies and receiving no response is understandably disheartening.
However, instead of holding out hope for weeks or simply assuming the worse, you can be more proactive in finding out about the status of your application. Don’t be hesitant about getting in touch with the company and establishing whether you are still in the running for the opportunity.
What are the benefits of following up on job applications?
You will get your name in front of the decision-maker and they will look specifically at your application either for the first or second time.
You will demonstrate that you are enthusiastic about the role you applied for.
You will know exactly where you are at with your job search and find out whether you are in the running or not.
If your application was unsuccessful, you may be able to find out why and acquire useful feedback that will help you improve future job applications.
How should you follow up on your job applications?
You should wait at least a week or two after submitting your application before getting in touch to follow up on it.
You can either send a short email enquiring about the status of your application or make a phone call.
Follow up email template
Dear [hiring manager/company name],
I hope you are well.
I recently applied for the [position title] position in [location], and wanted to check in on your decision timeline. I am excited about the opportunity and believe that my [communication/sales/organisation/team-work/leadership] skills would be a great fit for the company.
Please let me know if you require me to provide any additional information as you move on to the next stage in the recruitment process.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Here at Bridgewater we have a 10 working day policy in which we review all applications. We endeavour to let all candidates know whether their application has been successful within this period.
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