(Closed) Dropped off resume, should I email them now or give it a few days?

posted 6 years ago in Career
  • poll: Dropped off a resume last Friday, should I also...
    Email them my resume/app today : (9 votes)
    35 %
    Email them my resume/app at the end of this week : (7 votes)
    27 %
    Just wait for the call : (5 votes)
    19 %
    Other : (5 votes)
    19 %
  • Post # 6
    5273 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2009

    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
    650 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    @AnnieAAA:  agreed.

    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
    2401 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    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
    1137 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    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
    5075 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2012

    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
    224 posts
    Helper bee

    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 # 13
    556 posts
    Busy bee

    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
    1346 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I would wait a few days after the resume and follow up with a call. Emails can easily be missed.

    Post # 16
    869 posts
    Busy bee

    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?

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