Beth asked on our blog:
“Could you list some examples of the proper wording for a follow-up email to an on-line application and a suggestion for the number of days between when the date the application was done and when the follow-up email should be sent?”
No problem, Beth!
A general rule to follow for a follow-up email to an application is to send it between three to five days after the application has been submitted. You want to give them enough time to receive and possibly review your information.
If you decide to follow up by email, which you can only really do if you see an email address in the job posting or online, your best bet is to keep it short, sweet and to the point. And, most importantly, make sure your email is absolutely error free – meaning no typos, spelling mistakes or grammatical errors. Here’s one example:
Dear (name of recruiter/head of HR, if you don’t have a name address it to Hiring Manager),
Last week, I applied for the (position title) you advertised through Snagajob. I have not yet heard back from (company name) regarding this position and would like to confirm receipt of my application.
I feel that my skills and experience fit not only this position, but the company as a whole. I’ve been following (company name) for awhile and really respect how much you focus on customer service, which is something I am also passionate about. I am excited about this opportunity and think I can bring a lot to your team. Please let me know if you have any questions or if there is anything else you need from me.
I am looking forward to hearing from you!
An email like this leaves the ball in their court so that you ask them to take the next step and contact you. Whether it’s an email, over the phone or in person, following up on your applications is an important part of the job search process and shouldn’t be overlooked!
Do you have any questions about following up? Ask below!