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.
It’s smart to check in with a recruiter a day or two after submitting your job application.
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!
Quick tips on writing an email to follow up with a recruiter:
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!
I've been following Resume Worded for a while now and was excited to find the Product Designer opening yesterday.
I just submitted my application online, but thought I'd send you a request so we could stay connected. Let me know if you need any further information.
You can connect with recruiters at companies you've just applied to with a variation of this template.
Sending this kind of LinkedIn message (or even better, an email!) right after you apply for a job also makes it easier to reach out again if you don't hear back.
I read from your profile that you recruit for software developer roles. I'm currently a software engineer at Resume Worded and thought it'd be great to connect in case you think my profile might be a good fit for current or future roles you seek to fill. Feel free to request my resume.
Recruiters are on LinkedIn to find the right candidates, and they appreciate it when candidates reach out to them too!
When asking someone to connect with you on LinkedIn, and has a far better response rate than the default "I'd like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn." Introduce yourself, describe what you're looking for, and 1-2 lines on why you are the right candidate.
I hope everything's okay with you! I'm Kim Thomson and I’m reaching out because I recently applied for the Associate Designer position I saw on Angel List. I noticed you recruit for Design roles at Resume Worded!
I'm not sure you're the right person to contact, but I thought I'd reach out to you because I was specifically interested in the XYZ project I saw Resume Worded come out with. From your LinkedIn profile, it seemed like you might be the right person to speak to.
If you're open to it, I'd love the opportunity to learn more about you and the company. Would you be free for a 15-minute call on Thursday, say 3pm (I can work around your schedule so feel free to let me know a time that works)? I've also attached my resume in case it helps. I really appreciate your consideration and look forward to hearing from you.
Thanks a mil,
You can send a note like this to a hiring manager or recruiter after applying to a job. This can be a simple but big differentiator for your application when compared to all other applicants.
Try to find the most relevant contact - usually, it's not too difficult to find the recruiter or hiring manager of the exact team. If you can't find the right contact, you can also just reach out to a generalist recruiter at the firm and ask for an introduction to the right contact.