THE ART OF THE FOLLOW UP
Over the past few weeks, you may have engaged with several employers in various settings about a full-time job, internship or directed fieldwork. But now what? What are your next steps? Below are some suggestions on what to do next to keep your job search moving forward.
Follow-up from a Career Fair or Employer Info Session
- The key to making this work is to get the employers contact information at the event. Ask for a business card or contact information before you close your conversation with them. Jot a few notes on the business card about what you talked about that you can refer to later.
- Send a follow-up to employers you met at the fair with whom you had a meaningful conversation. Recruiters meet a lot of students, so it is smart to do this follow-up quickly (within 24 to 48 hours). Remind them of your name, the fair at which you met, and the type of job you discussed. Attached your resume to the message.
- When contacting them by email (which is the recommended means), include your name in the subject line of the message, so your contact knows who the message is from. Example: Jane Doe follow-up message to West Monroe Boot Camp.
- If the recruiter suggested you do something, such as apply for the position online, do that BEFORE you follow-up and let them know in your message you did as they suggested.
- If appropriate, connect with the recruiter on LinkedIn. Not all recruiters will be open to this, but many are. Make sure your profile is up to date and reflects what is in your resume and what you talked about with the recruiter.
- Put follow-up dates on your calendar to reach back out to the contacts you made at the fair. Follow-up once a month if you are applying for a long-rage hire (ex: applying in October for a job deadline in February). Your follow-up emails should be brief, stating your continued interest and enthusiasm for the job.
- Some sample communications and suggestions for LinkedIn can be found here.
FOLLOW UP FOR AN APPLICATION
- The hardest part about a submitted application is the waiting. Some companies move quickly. Some move slowly. Keep this in mind as you follow-up.
- Pay attention to the timelines listed in the job description. If there is a deadline or priority review date given, don’t follow-up prior to that date. Most employers review the applications in batches and will not have an update to give you until after they have reviewed the applications.
- A recommended timeline is one to two weeks after a posting closes. And, the preferred method of follow-up is an email.
- In your message, note the position for which you applied, confirm you interest in the position, and ask about next steps in the hiring process.
- If you have the name of the hiring manager, contact them directly.
- It is okay to follow up more quickly if you have submitted your application through an online system and did not get an automatic confirmation that your application was received. Wait 24 hours for a confirmation. If you don’t receive one, then contact the company to confirm that your application was received.
FOLLOW-UP FOR AN INTERVIEW
- Thank you notes are still a thing. Use them. This is a simple way to confirm your interest in the position and to reiterate reasons why you are an ideal candidate for the job. Ideally these should be emailed within 24 hours.
- At the interview, be sure to ask for a timeline/next steps for the hiring process. If you don’t hear from the employer within that time frame, email them a brief message to ask if you are still in consideration for the position.
- More examples here and here.
GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR ENGAGING WITH AN EMPLOYER
- Be concise. Keep your communications brief and to the point. You do not need to review your full work history or resume with them. They already have that information. Simply reiterate your interest in the position and remind them who you are and how you met.
- Don’t use snail mail. Most employers are expecting the communications to come via email unless they instruct you otherwise.
- Don’t be annoying. Resist the urge to do multiple phone calls or emails. If the employer hasn’t gotten back to you, wait a week try again. Then drop it.
- Follow their instructions. Straying from their guidelines can harm your chances of getting the position more than it will help you. It implies that you don’t follow directions or that you don’t think directions apply to you. Neither of these are characteristics a company wants in an employee.
Following-up can feel intrusive but done the right way, it can help you get noticed and remind an employer of your interest. Just make sure you are leaving a positive impression.
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