When you’ve put a lot of time, energy, and thought into applying for a job, you’re probably anxious to hear back from the hiring manager. But a week or two has gone by, and so far it’s been crickets from them. What’s going on here?
If you haven’t heard back yet about a job you’ve applied for, don’t take it personally -- the reasons could have nothing to do with you. Every company’s hiring process is different, and things are moving a little slower during the time of the pandemic.
Still, if you haven’t received word from a manager within a reasonable time frame, it’s a good idea to send a quick follow-up email to ask about your application status.
Following up on your application in a courteous manner lets you reiterate your interest in the position and confirm that your application was received. Job applications can sometimes get lost or misplaced, so it’s always worth checking to ensure that yours made it into the right hands. It also creates an opportunity to ask the hiring manager whether they need any additional information from you.
On top of that, though, you can use the follow-up message to establish a connection with someone at the company. That way, you may be able to keep this person as a contact for the future even if this job opportunity doesn’t pan out. In the business world, you can never know too many people!
Before you follow up, always re-read the job posting; it could have information regarding the company’s time frame for hiring. If they specify a window of time, you’re best off waiting to follow up until after that time has passed. However, if the company’s stated time frame has passed, or if you haven’t heard anything within about a week of applying, it’s reasonable (and smart) to follow up.
Occasionally, a job posting might even tell applicants not to call or email regarding their application -- if that’s the case, you should respect the company’s request and not reach out to them. It can be stressful to not hear back after applying for jobs, but often, all that’s needed is a little patience -- usually, the company will reach out to you.
Most of the time, you’ll want to reach out to a hiring manager -- or whoever is listed in the job posting. Chances are, they’re the ones who are in charge of the hiring process. If that’s not an option, you can also contact a recruiter or someone in HR; you may find contact info for these professionals on the company website or LinkedIn.
Whoever you decide to reach out to, pick one specific person and contact them via an email or LinkedIn message. Avoid spamming multiple people at the company or sending your message to an automated (non-human) email address.
When you’re ready to follow up on your application, you may be wondering how to inquire about the job in a professional, non-intrusive way. If you’re not quite sure what to say, try one of the following message templates. You can copy-and-paste these as they are, adding your name and other relevant details to personalize the message, or use the templates as inspiration to write your own message.
Hi [Hiring Manager’s Name],
I hope you’re well. I’m reaching out today to follow up on the [Position] role that I applied for on [date]. I would like to express my continued interest in this position and I hope to have the chance to speak with you about it.
I believe my skills and expertise would make an excellent addition to your team, particularly my [relevant skill or prior experience]. Please let me know if I can provide any additional information or materials.
I look forward to talking with you and appreciate your consideration!
How to follow up with a hiring manager on a job application.
This email is positive and professional in tone. It allows you to restate your interest in the position and highlight a particular skill or experience that you can bring to the table. End on a good note by mentioning that you look forward to talking further and that you appreciate the manager’s consideration.
Dear [HR Manager’s Name],
My name is [Your Name]. I recently submitted my resume for the [Position] job at [Company Name] and would like to follow up on the status of my application.
I am very interested in working for [Company Name] and feel that I would be an asset to your team because of my [experience in relevant field]. I’ve held many similar positions before and feel confident that I would excel in the role.
Please let me know if you have any questions or if I can provide any additional information. Thank you for your time, and I look forward to speaking with you further.
This message is more formal than the first. If you haven’t had any correspondence with the HR manager before -- or if you aren’t sure -- always begin your message by introducing yourself. Again, reiterate your interest and briefly illustrate why you are a great choice for this job.
Hello [Recruiter’s Name],
My name is [Your Name]. I am writing to follow up on my application for the [Position] role at [Company Name] on [date].
I remain excited about the possibility of joining your team and contributing to its success. I believe my [specific job-related skills] make me a strong candidate for the position, and I would love to discuss the opportunity even further.
Please let me know of any questions I can answer or additional information I can provide. Thank you for your consideration. I look forward to speaking soon!
Similar to the last email template, this message also has a more formal feel. Recruiters often have a hand in a company’s hiring process, but they may not be the first person you correspond with when applying for a job, so begin by introducing yourself. And, of course, remember to underscore your unique skills that make you a great fit for the job.
Hi [Contact’s Name],
I hope you’re doing well! I recently applied for [Position] at [Company] and would like to follow up and confirm that my application was received.
If the position is still available, I would love to discuss it further with you. My time as a [Former Job Title] at [Former Company Name] makes me a great match for this role. I’d be happy to provide further information or ask any questions you may have.
Thank you for your time and I look forward to speaking soon!
A good LinkedIn message should be fairly succinct -- a little shorter and more informal than what you’d write in an email. But the overall gist of the message is similar to the other templates: politely but assertively following up on your application, restating your interest and why you’re great for the job, and thanking your contact for their time.