Congratulations! You have succeeded in passing the phase most people struggle with, the application phase. However, do not think the job is done here. You still have a very long way to go. Your next question should be ‘How do I follow up on a job application?’
I can almost hear you say ‘Do I have to follow up on a job application?’ Well, yes you have to follow up on your application so as to know the next step to take in your job seeking process. Following up on your application also shows that you are interested in the job. It gives the recruiter a positive feeling about you and help you register your name in their minds.
Now I bet your next question is ‘How do I follow up on a job application?’ Not to worry, that is why we are here.
Why should I follow up on a job application?
There are various reason you should follow up on a job application and some of them will be explained in paragraphs below.
One of the reasons why you should follow up on a job application is to prevent errors. We are all human beings and nobody is above mistakes. There are thousands of people who must have applied for the same position as you have applied for and even in other cases there would be multiple vacancies and your application must have mistakenly falling amidst the wrong pile. Following up on your application will help the recruiters look out for your application in the situations whereby it has gone missing
Another reason why you should follow up on a job application is to give the recruiters a great impression of you. Following up on your application shows that you are intentional about working with their company. When you follow up on a job application it also shows how much passion you have for the job. The recruiters will take special interest in you, you will come highly recommended when they are ready to chose the best candidate. It gives you an edge over other candidates.
When you follow up on a job application, you are most likely to help correct some errors that might have been made on your application. In some cases you must have forgotten to write a contact address or even put a wrong contact address by mistake. When you follow up on a job application it helps the company stay in touch with you and makes it easy for them to reach out to you. It makes you get familiar with your potential colleagues and bosses.
When you follow up on a job application, you are most likely going to get first hand information on the next step to take in the application process. This will give you more time to prepare ahead of other candidates.
How to follow up on a job application.
First and foremost when you want to follow up on a job application, you should know the best means by which you can use to contact the company. I’d it through email, phone calls, letter writing or text messages. You should make your research to know the one the company prefers to be reached out to on especially for potential employees. You do not want to reach out through a means that the company would not want you to reach out through as this could jeopardize all your efforts.
Now that you have gotten the preferred medium to reach out to the company, you should know the right day or time to reach out or follow up on the job application. If there are two days that you should not reach out it is on Mondays and Fridays. Mondays the week is just starting and they’re are preparing to get the ball rolling for the week while Fridays they are preparing for the weekend.
If you want to follow up on a job application it is advisable that you should be brief and professional. Do not make the mistake of being overly casual or personal with them.God straight to the point and ask relevant questions.
Lastly, remember that to follow up on a job application is to have another chance at making the recruiters know that you are the best candidate for the job, make judicious use of it.
An Example of a Follow up Email.
Subject: Following Up on Customer care representative application
Hello/Dear/Good Morning/Afternoon Mr. Jack,
I’m writing to follow up on the application I submitted December 18th for the customer care representative position with [company name] and to show how interested I am in talking to the hiring team about this particular position.
As was mentioned in the job description, you’re in need of a goal -oriented person with great communication skills, and I hope this follow-up serves as evidence of both. I also bring 4 years of related experience in Customer care , and I’m truly excited about the work being done at [company name]. It would be my pleasure to assist the Company in accomplishing their goals.
Thank you for taking the time to review my application. I know the time and effort that takes. I look forward to hearing from you soon!