When you’re in job search mode, demonstrating enthusiasm and a sense of urgency is important because it helps you show employers that you really want to work for them. While enthusiasm is a good thing, there is a fine line between enthusiastic and annoying. How do you avoid falling into the latter category? Here are 2 examples to help you:
Following up on an application:
If you’ve applied online, it’s hard to sit back and wait—and you shouldn’t wait indefinitely. Following up after an online application is an important part of a successful job search. When employers receive a high volume of applications it’s overwhelming to them too, and a simple follow-up note is a great way to get noticed. A good rule of thumb is to wait 3 to 5 business days after applying. You can definitely reach out sooner, but if you wait too long you run the risk of them being over saturated with candidates—or already having filled the role all together.
Following up after an interview:
When interviewing for a job, the best approach is to wait until the end of the interview and then ask when they expect to make a hiring decision. Then, follow up on or just after that date. If you’ve previously interviewed for a job and you didn’t think to ask that question, then follow up about a week after your interview.
If you’re not sure whether a call or email follow-up is best, we recommend emailing for the simple reason that it is less intrusive. When you do reach out, avoid making demands like, “I need to know something by Friday.” If you have another offer on the table you can politely let them know, but never issue ultimatums like, “I have another offer that I’m going to entertain if I don’t hear from you.” Ultimately, the goal is to keep your communication short, friendly, gracious, and positive. If you don’t hear back in a few days, you can usually assume that you weren’t selected to move forward.
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