You’re feeling great about the job application you submitted! Your cover letter was on point and it’s clear you're a perfect fit for the role. Does this mean you have to wait weeks before you follow up with a recruiter? No way.
When should I follow up with a recruiter?
It’s smart to check in with a recruiter:
- Once you know you’re interested in working with them
- A day or two after submitting your job application
- If it’s been a few days since you’ve contacted them and haven’t heard back
- Within 24-48 hours of an interview
- If you have questions before an interview
- Immediately after talking on the phone
- A few days after meeting them in person at a careers fair or networking event
- To keep an external recruiter updated at every stage of the recruitment process
- If you didn’t land the role but want to maintain the relationship
Why? Connecting early helps you stand out from other applicants, increases your chances of scoring an interview and makes it easier to follow up with a recruiter again later on.
Don’t feel like you’re bugging them — recruiters welcome proactive applicants!
Tips to keep in mind when following up with recruiters
Quick tips on writing an email to follow up with a recruiter:
- Always follow up by email
- Be clear in your subject line
Example: Request to connect: job application for (title of position)
- Note when you submitted the application so they can dig your application out easily
- Reaffirm your interest in the position and why you’d be a great fit
- Ask if there’s anything else they need from you
- Keep it short and sweet
Remember, following up quickly after the application (within the first 48 hours) is about establishing an initial connection. Don’t expect a progress report at this stage. Follow up with a recruiter in the right way can increase your chances of scoring the role. Worst case, you have a recruiter in your network that you can reach out to for future recruitment opportunities!Continue reading...