(Closed) Job Search Help – Do You Send a Follow Up Note/Email?

posted 9 years ago in Career
Post # 3
3176 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I don’t think it ever hurts to do a follow up unless you are being annoying about it. A quick, Hope this finds you well, I’m very excited at the posibility to work with X company. Please let me know when a good time to discuss potential opportunites would be, or something similar to that is acceptable.

Our Groomsmen gets a ton of emails/letters about jobs. They usually come to me and I usually just delete them or throw them out Embarassed but thats because he doesn’t care to see them. Just because my boss doesn’t look at them doesn’t mean someone else might not. I will say if you call more times than I can count asking about it I will not like you and chances are I will start being mean to you. Good luck!!!

Post # 4
186 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

The thing you could do is contact the HR department if they have one with a short e-mail something to the tune of… It’s always good if you can reach out to the lead in a search committee or a director or HR. Most places have this information on their website. Good luck!


“Dear so and so 


On Z date, I submitted an application for x position at y company and I was hoping that you might be able to give me an idea of the timing of follow-ups/interviews. I will be in the area on such and such date and would the opportunity to come in and meet with you regarding this opportunity. I can be reach at this number or e-mail. Thank you.” 


Also, if you do get an interview, be sure to send a thank you note to whomever you met with. 

Post # 5
59 posts
Worker bee


I understand how you feel. My advice is to hold tight. In my experience on both sides of the process, they are not going to contact you unless they are interested in an interview and when they are interested in an interview. Your follow up is either going to be benign or negative. It will not advance the process.

When I have been on the hiring side,  I have promptly deleted emails and refused phone calls from eager applicants whom I had not even interviewed. HR would also alert me to anyone who tried to get a foot in the door with them directly. I cant think of a single person that I hired who did the “follow up” after submitting an application. Once an interview has been conducted and a suitable period of time has passed I wouldn’t be bothered by contact, but before I even screened your materials or decided to interview you? It was not a good move on the part of applicants.

On the applicant side,  I have waited as long as 4 months to hear back from a job upon the initial application, and that is even when I knew someone well at the organization! Its tough, but hold tight. Let it rest for now.

Post # 6
1854 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

As an ex employment counsellor, I would say not to send a note right now. Because this is a job posting, they are receiving many applications right now and have enough to deal with.  You gave everything they needed to make a decision and will contact you if they decide to meet with you for an interview.  After the interview, be sure to send a thank-you note, reminding them of focal points of your interview as well as some elements you might have forgotten during the meeting (the “oops, why didn’t I say THAT??” elements).

good luck!

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