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How to Follow Up After Submitting a Resume

How to Follow Up After Submitting a Resume

For ways on how to follow up after submitting a resume, you can browse through these ideas on when to step back and when to move forward when you haven't gotten a response yet.
Naomi Sarah
Sending in your resume can be a time of sweaty palms and heart palpitations, therefore it is important for you to know exactly what kind of resume would stand out and grab one's attention. Some companies, or rather most of them, are looking for resumes that don't have a monotonous looking layout, and aren't lengthy when it comes to content. Knowing how to be precise, clear, and to the point, will score you brownie points. In this article, you will find some tips on how to follow up after submitting a resume.

So once you hand in your CV, rest assured that if well put together, you don't have a thing to fret about. It's also crucial that you know beforehand what to exclude from your resume, that may come off to the employer as unnecessary and not of professional quality. The next time you do sit down and update your CV, have a friend or a writing professional look over it for any flaws that could hinder the chances of having an interview set up in your favor.

When to Follow Up?

When following up after submitting a resume, it is important to know how much time needs to lapse before you make a move and follow through on if your resume was evaluated or not. Letter writing is no big task, and later we will look at one such sample email that you can send when following up on your resume submission.
  1. Whichever way you choose to get in touch, whether it is through an email or by calling up the company, the idea is to remind the employer or HR responsible for recruitment, about your resume being handed over to them. Practice what you need to say/ask, and accordingly make the phone call to find out if you're through or if you need to wait for them to get in touch with you to set up an interview. It can be an unnerving time to sit back and just wait for an email to pop up from the company, or watch the phone all day, willing it to ring, but it is important that you stay calm and patient through this time.
  2. Once you get in touch, be to the point and direct, asking if you're resume was up for consideration. When you get the green light, send a thank you note and wait for them to get back to you. If they sound unsure, just express how much it means to you that you get through the evaluation round, and that you'll be waiting for them to get in touch.
  3. If you don't have any contact information of the company, since you sent your resume through email, check the details out online. Most companies have a website with all their contact information intact, giving you an opportunity to get in touch with them directly. You could email the same address you sent your resume to, and add in key points like why you want this job and why they should evaluate your resume. Give the employer or HR in charge a reason to look over your resume again, or have a closer look at it if they think that you've got what it takes to secure the position.
  4. Give it at least two weeks time for the company to check out your resume, since other candidates will have applied for the same position as well. Don't be in a rush to get in touch and pester the company about if they've looked over your resume, and if they're going to call you back to set up your interview date.
  5. If after two weeks you don't hear from them, send an email reminding the company about when you submitted your resume, and resend your CV to them via email.
Post Resume Follow up Email Sample Letter

Before you get ahead of yourself and fumble up your email content, think out what needs to be said, and include details like your full name and contact information. Write a short paragraph on a brief account of your qualifications for the reader to get a gist of what needs reminding. Thank him/her for reviewing your resume and refresh their minds on when you came in and submitted it to them. Mention also on how you appreciate the fact that they called you forward to submit your resume, and how it would be of great importance if you were to make it to the interview round. Let's get started on a sample email.

Email Address of Company HR/Company head)
(Email Subject Line): (Name of position) - (Your name, Application)

(Email Begins)
Dear Mr./Ms. (Last name)/(If you don't know the name go for Sir/Miss)

I had applied for the position of (name of position), and submitted my resume for the same on (date you visited company/sent email). I hope that my resume covers all that the company hopes for in terms of vision, aim, and purpose.

I look forward to hearing positive feedback of how my resume made an impression, especially since it was specified that experience in (mention any specific experience that the requirement offered) would be taken into higher consideration.

Please let me know if I need to come and resubmit a copy of my resume. I have taken the initiative of sending you a copy of it here, attached to this email.

Thank you,

Sincerely, (Name)/(If written, then signature and name below in capitals)

With these tips you should be able to handle your job applying situation fairly well. Just make sure you stick to what is necessary in terms of content during your email sending, and make it a point to come off as confident and desirable for the position for the company review your resume. Impression is everything - you either make it, or break it.