Post # 1
I dropped off my resume on Friday… however I was a little nervous & handed the receptionist my entire folder (it was a manilla folder with my cover letter/ resume/ application in it). I should have just handed her the papers. Now I’m nervous that it could’ve gotten lost since the folder was unmarked.
I called to check in today (Tuesday) but the hiring manager wasn’t there & the person who answered didn’t know if they got it.
So, how would it look if I also emailed them my info today? Should I wait a few more days? Or just wait for the call? This is what could become my dream job (starting lower but could work my way up) & will be filled soon.
Post # 4
Anyone want to help me with my follow-up email wording? So far I have:
Hello, my name is XX and I am checking in to see if you have received my application I dropped off last Friday. I have attached my resume and application in this email for your convenience, and posted my cover letter below. Thank you again for your time!
(I would copy/paste the cover letter I turned in with my app here)
Does that all sound okay, bees?
Post # 6
It is fine to email them now. Personally, I wouldn’t attach any documents, but would keep your wording, letting them know you are touching base to ensure they received your application.
If they do indicate that they did not receive your information, then email them the attachments at that time.
Post # 7
I think it’s ok to send an email now, it’s been a few days and I hear you on fearing the folder could have been lost!
Post # 8
Personally, I wouldn’t. I usually do not do any follow-ups until after an actual interview. I dislike it when students who apply to our program call or email to make sure their application material has arrived.
Post # 9
I would just send a follow-up email without the resume and app. Just explain that you dropped your resume off on Friday and you wanted to follow-up to ensure that they received it. Leave it open-ended like “please let me know if there is any other information I can provide. I look forward to hearing from you.”
ETA: For every professional job I’ve ever had, I’ve followed up on my resume/initial meeting several times. My theory is “keep trying until they say no”. It’s worked wonders, because while them returning my call is #1 on my list, it’s probably #149209 on theirs, and a quick email or call jogs their memory to respond instead of you getting lost at the bottom of the pile. I’ve been very successful with this strategy.
Post # 10
I wouldn’t attach any documents. A lot of companies will block emails w/attachments.
(I work for one that does. Things are forever getting quarantined too)
Post # 11
I work in a recruitment firm and my answer would be this:
Email AND call. When you speak to someone on the phone, they’re much more likely to remember you. Plus you can show off your personality a bit. that way even if they thought of you as a ‘maybe’ you might have a shot at getting an interview.
DO NOT constantly call, though. If people are persistant I email the consultants with ‘hey your new stalker called again’ and NO ONE should be that person! the guys will sometimes say ‘hey, if they’re calling that much – they’re desperate and shit’.
If you call, ask for the person you need to speak to in a confindent manner such as ‘Hi, can I speak to John please?’, not “Hi, erm, would you be able to put me through to John Smith please??’. The first sentence makes it sound as though you know the person, and are more likely to be put through and less likely to be asked questions by someone who has little or no authority.
Good luck!! 🙂
Post # 12
I’m over-thinking this… if it were any other job, I would just wait a week. I’m going to send the follow-up email later today. How does this sound now?
Hello, my name is XX and I am checking in to see if you have received my application I dropped off last Friday. Please let me know if there is any other information I can provide. I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you again for your time!
@CanAmBride: Thanks, I borrowed your sentance :). Now I don’t feel like an annoyance with just one call & one email. I’ll leave it at that & hope they call me soon!
@treacle: Thank you, I will email them today :). I won’t put my cover letter in the email & won’t attach anything. After this, I won’t contact them again unless I hear from them. Haha ohh I hope I’m not referenced as a stalker! Since you’re in the recruitment field, I feel more confident my follow-up email will be okay & I that I won’t be classified as a stalker — yet! 🙂
@AnnieAAA: & @PeaceLoveLaughter: & @GroovyHippieChick: Thanks for telling me not to attach anything, the only email I have for them is through craigslist & that would likely increase my chances for going into the spam folder!
@ohmybears48: I was taught to always follow-up, I didn’t realize some places may not like it! However, I usually follow-up after a week & not after a few days.
Post # 13
You should directly email all the items to the Hiring Manager and CC the HR Director.
If it’s a busy office, your papers could be lost. You don’t know where those papers may be…………..the hiring manager’s box, with her assistant, in the assistant’s box, at HR, etc….
My first job was as an exec assistant and I was a gatekeeper. I was actually told to put all resumes in a folder and file them and my boss never even wanted to see them on a day-to-day basis. She would just check the file like 1x month. So your resume MAY be stuck w/others. If you want the attn of the hiring manager, I’d email directly so your name stands out.
My other trick is to cut and paste your resume into the body of the email so she can just scroll down, rather than click and open a resume attachment. People are lazy/have ADD and sometimes if they don’t like what the see immediately, they don’t bother to go further and click again. I mean still attach all your docs, but def paste your resume at the bottom of your emailed cover letter.
Post # 14
I would wait a few days after the resume and follow up with a call. Emails can easily be missed.
Post # 15
Still haven’t heard anything back yet :(. I applied 2 weeks ago & then called tuesday last week & emailed 2 days after calling & still nothing . Its been over a week since I last contacted them. Should I call them again? Basically they’ll just take my name down & I won’t actually get to talk to anyone who would be able to tell me if they even got my application.
Post # 16
It depends on the job/organization, but you really need to get in touch with the manager. Do you know his/her name? Are you sending your messages to a generic company info email address, or a specific person?