You may have wondered if you should follow-up with a business after you have submitted a resume. Many people will suggest strongly that you do so, but are they right?
There is no one set rule for resume follow-ups. Some hiring managers view it as sign of a passionate and engaged potential employee. Others consider it to be rude and unprofessional.
Alison Doyle acquired some interesting opinions on the subject for her About.com article – Should You Follow-up After Submitting a Resume? I will include two of the ones that best illustrate the differences in attitudes.
“After submitting a resume, the candidate should follow-up (unless otherwise advised not to) with a phone call or email; it shows enthusiasm and ambition, and could differentiate the candidate.” Elizabeth Sidel, Director of Recruiting at Northwestern Mutual Financial Network
“As an HR manager, I really dislike when applicants call me to follow-up on the status of their application. Well, the ‘status’ of application is that I will be doing the following-up – with the applicants who are qualified.
Bottom line, HR managers are very busy. No one appreciates being constantly interrupted by unimportant phone calls to check on whether a resume was received or not. If applicants cannot resist the urge to contact the HR manager, do it in writing (email, card) so that it is not intrusive. If you do not hear back, move on please.”
Giselle Feijo, HR Manager
At this point, you are probably feeling like you have even less of an idea of what to do than you did before. Thankfully, you can decide which you think is best by considering the following five points.
5 Tips To Decide If You Should Follow-up On Your Submitted Resume
#1. How badly you want the job
Ask yourself how much time you want to invest in this job. If it is important to you, then it is worth it to take the time. You want to represent yourself accurately. One of the main reasons for making a follow-up call is to show your interest. If that interest isn’t genuine, it may show, and even if you get the job, you may be landing yourself in a poorly matched position. So, if you don’t really have the interest, don’t go the extra mile to make it appear that you do.
#2. How you sent your resume
If you submitted your resume via the internet, it would probably be best to use the internet for your follow-up. Consider sending an email for online submissions and a phone call to companies where you handed in or mailed your resume. If an employer requested a certain type of communication, stick to that.
#3. The company culture
You can get a feel for what the managers at the company in question may expect by the company’s culture. The internet provides many ways to learn about a company before you begin work or before you have even stepped foot in the building. Our article – How Can Social Media Help You Get A Job? contains tips on learning about a company through social media as well as using Linkedin to “introduce” yourself to your potential new employer in amazing ways.
#4. The hiring manager
Using websites and social media, you may be able to discover the identity of the hiring manager at your desired company. Their social media profiles and employee profile on the company website could give you some helpful clues about what “speaks their language”. You could decide that they don’t seem like the type who would appreciate a follow-up call, or you may discover hints about what to say when you do call or write.
#5. The nature of the job
Alison Doyle also found that many people placed particular importance on follow-up calls for people applying to sales positions. This makes sense because your communication skills and outgoing demeanor may never be more of a necessity than in these positions. You are displaying most of your qualifications for the job with both your communication skills on the phone and the fact that you took the initiative to follow-up on your resume. Consider what job you are applying for and how relevant the message you will be sending with your follow-up is to the position. For instance, the ability to send well-written emails that highlight your email communication skills may be of particular importance for certain positions.
The best and most successful follow-up will not simply bring a hiring manager’s attention to your face, voice, or name; it will also say a great deal about you. What will you be saying? Will that image add to your resume? Will it accurately represent who you are? Is it right for that specific company or hiring manager? Strategize your follow-up technique for a more successful job search.
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