Following up on your job application isn’t just important…consider it a mandatory step in the job application process. It shows that you are dedicated to getting this job and that you will be a hard worker who is willing to go the extra step to get things done. But, you want to make sure you are following up the right way so you’re not getting remembered for the wrong reasons.
We talk about following up in a lot of articles, but here’s a question we’ve been seeing a lot on our blog:
“I want to follow-up on my application, but I have no idea what to wear. Help!”
First, it’s great that you are taking the initiative to follow up on your job applications. In fact, employers have told us that they want you to follow up and that it makes you stand out (for the right reasons).
Following up in person is definitely my favorite method. This gives you the best chance of getting in front of a hiring manager and could even get you an on the spot interview! But, if you are going to follow up in person, you need to make sure you do it the right way. Remember, you can’t redo a first impression.
So, if you go in and follow up in stinky work-out clothes or dirty jeans, they will remember this. We had a Snagajob member, Patrick, tell us that he used to work at a hotel and when someone would come in to follow up or drop off an application he was required to write down what they were wearing. If they were in questionable clothes it made them look unprofessional and could reflect on the type of employee you would make.
Here are our rules for what to wear:
1) No jeans - You may be thinking, “But this isn’t an interview, I’m only following up.” Treat this as you would an interview. You need to do everything you can to stand out from the competition and jeans make you look a little lazy.
2) Cover up those tattoos - Err on the side of caution on this one and do what you can to cover up any visible tattoos. Don’t just assume that this is an ink-friendly environment. Again, this goes back to dressing like you would for an interview.
3) You stay classy, Planet Earth - This goes out to all the ladies and gentlemen trying to follow up on applications. You should be proud of your summer tan and ripped calves, but potential coworkers and supervisors don’t want to see all of that. By showing too much skin you come off as unprofessional and employers don’t need to see your business.
What it comes down to is dressing like you would for a job interview. While this isn’t an actual interview, this is your opportunity to show employers that you are professional and will put in the extra effort if they hire you.
Have any specific questions about what to wear? Ask below!