You’re looking for work, and you just sent out your resume. So, what are the next steps? Here’s what to do after submitting a job application.
Steps to Take After Submitting a Job Application
Keep a List
Every time you apply for a job, write down the date, the company, and the outcome. Recording this information allows you to track and improve your progress. For example, if you reworked your resume and then landed an interview, you’ll know you’re headed in the right direction.
Follow the Company on Social Media
Liking or following businesses where you applied is a wonderful way to learn more about the company. However, be careful about connecting with individual employees. Applying at an organization and immediately sending friend requests to everyone who works there is too much.
Use Your Network
If you DO happen to know someone at the business where you applied, use this to your advantage. Even a single personal connection can put your resume at the top of the pile. Of course, don’t be overzealous or demanding when asking for help. Your best bet is a simple, “Hey. I sent in an application to your company today. Would you be able to offer any advice?”
Have Your Phone Ready
You may receive a response within a few weeks or within a few hours, so be prepared. Turn on your phone and keep it nearby. In case you happen to miss the call, make sure your voice mail message sounds professional.
Read Your Email
Some companies communicate through email instead of phone calls. Therefore, open your inbox a couple of times per day. Also, if you do receive a message, examine it carefully. There may be a link to schedule an interview at the bottom of the page.
Checking on the status of your application is a smart idea IF you do so correctly. Before you contact the organization, reread the job description. If they ask you not to follow up, DON’T. Additionally, wait at least one to two weeks before you reach out. As with networking, act interested and enthusiastic but not desperate. For more guidance, check out How to Follow Up on a Job Application: An Email Template.
Finding a job can be a long-term progress. If you’ve sent out ten applications and heard NOTHING, don’t give up. Your eleventh may be the one that lands you a position. Or, if you aren’t having as much luck as you had hoped, reconsider your strategies. You may need to revise your resume, better utilize your network or be more proactive. Remember, a few minor changes to your application tactics may be all that’s standing between you and your next job.
Are You Hoping Your Next Job Application Leads to a Job?
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