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Tips for Following Up on Your Job Application

job application follow up tips

job application follow up tipsHere are some job application tips to keep in mind when following up on a job application:

  • If you don’t get a confirmation that your application was received within one week, consider following-up. Again, this will vary depending on what the application instructions indicate. Sometimes applicants are specifically requested not to follow-up. Other times, they may list an email address for you to check on your status. But one week is normally an appropriate time to follow-up.
  • Send a follow-up letter if there is an email or mailing address – there are great samples of job applications, resumes, and follow-up letters online at
  • .If phoning to follow-up, here are some appropriate fact-finding questions to ask. But remember, don’t demand to know what is happening; be professional. (These questions come from
    • What are the next steps in the recruiting process?
    • Do you know the approximate timeframe for the process?
    • Will all candidates be contacted?
    • Do you need any additional information about my candidacy? (Or briefly share new information that adds to your application.)
    • If you plan to visit the company’s location, mention the timeframe and your eagerness to meet – ask if it’s possible to arrange an interview during your visit.

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