The College Student’s Guide to Follow-Up | College Students

Have you ever experienced this problem? You have applied for a job during your career search that you would really love to have and one for which you believe you are imminently qualified for. Yet, you haven’t heard anything back from the employer and you can’t help but find yourself wondering whether you will ever hear anything. You may also wonder if it is possible that there was another candidate the employer preferred.

Following-up with the employer can give you a good idea of where you stand in the process. Is it really a good idea to do that, though? The answer to that question depends on how you go about it.

Hiring managers will typically appreciate a candidate who shows enthusiasm and tenacity by taking the initiative to call and follow-up on a position. It shows that they are genuinely interested in the job and are motivated. Both of these are great characteristics. There is no doubt about it, following up can be a great way to land a job; that is if it is performed right. If you go about it the wrong way you may find yourself making the situation worse and blowing your chance of landing the job.

The way in which you follow-up on a job truly does make a difference. Unfortunately, most college students tend to call the employer and complain that they have not yet heard anything. While this certainly may be the case, if you go about following-up with this type of attitude, there is a good chance you will not ever hear anything.

Instead, it is better to let the employer or hiring manager know that you have sent in a resume and that you are calling in to ensure that it was received. You might also inquire as to when individuals may be contacted for interviews.

The critical key is to make sure that you follow-up on the position, but that you do not stalk the person who is in charge of hiring. Making one phone call is perfectly acceptable; making several phone calls is bordering on stalking. At the most, you should not make more than two phone calls to follow-up in your career search. In addition, it is important to keep in mind that you should wait several days between follow-up phone calls. Under no circumstances should you make daily phone calls. This goes beyond showing initiative and just becomes annoying.

Email can also be a great option for follow-up as well. Employers who are bothered by phone calls may not mind receiving follow-up emails because it allows them to better manage their time. The same rules also hold true for email follow-ups as well as phone calls, though. Make sure you do not overdo it. Keep your follow-ups brief and always make sure they are professional.

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