Post # 1
I hate follow-up emails after submitting a job application. I feel soooo awkward and pushy, but I know it’s important to try and stand out when the organization is usually getting 1000 applications for an open position.
I have two questions…when should I be sending these emails? I don’t want to jump on it and be pushy when they haven’t even started looking at application but I also don’t want to wait to long and they’ve filled the position.
And also, what’s a good wording for the email?
Post # 3
I think there are pros and cons to doing follow up e-mails after an online application- personally I reserve follow ups for after an interview. I also think it depends greatly on the type of job/line of work you are applying to.
With the 1000 applicants on the online system, they usually send a computer generated letter after you apply- thanking you and letting you know that if they find your qualifications a match, someone from HR will schedule and interview with you. I always interpret that as they are too busy, and they want the ball in their court 😉
However if you don’t receive anything like that or perhaps its a craigslist type add, or a local joint then yes follow up!
I think a week is a safe date if you want to send a follow up!
Post # 4
I usually send a follow up email a week later if I haven’t heard anything. I write something like,
“Good Afternoon! I applied for the position of President of the United States on November 4, 2008. I was wondering whether you had received my application and if you need further information from me. I am very interested in this position as my previous experience as a pizza chain owner allows me to understand the intricacies of the job. Thank you for your time.
Sincerely yours, Peach Acid.”
Post # 5
Thanks ladies! Peachacid, your response is spot on (minus the President/pizza thing. But it made me laugh!)