Post # 1
When it comes to applying for jobs like retail, I’ll submit an application online then call them after a week to ask about the status of my application. I do this so they know I’m interested and it usually helps me to get the job.
But when it comes to professional jobs, I don’t do that. I have a BA in English and since I got laid off back in October, I’ve been mostly applying to professional jobs in the journalism, publishing, marketing and public relations field. I also have been applying to administrative and clerical jobs like receptionist, data entry clerk, etc.
I have not been following up because I thought it was the wrong thing to do. But have I been wrong on this? My SO thinks I need to call them and ask about the status of my application. Is he right? Or should I just keep doing what I’ve been doing?
Post # 3
I would absolutely follow up!
I’d do this to see where you stand as well as talk to an actual person about when they’d be conducting any interviews etc.
However- that’s just my personal opinion 🙂
Post # 4
@LadyBlackheart: In my line of work, you don’t follow up. It doesn’t happen. If they want you, they will call you. I have had 5 professional jobs and no follow up calls. If you aren’t hearing back right away, I would work on your cover letter. Having a tailored cover letter really helped me out
Post # 5
My cousin works as a career advisor, and the rule is to always write a thank you card to the interviewer. Not as some sucking up thing, but as a polite, “Let’s connect and even if you don’t get me a job, let’s end this on good terms in case I interview here again!” Plus it’s the classy thing to do.
Although I must admit, when I’ve had an interview with a company I didn’t like before, I never wrote a thank you card.. Oopsie!
Post # 6
I can’t imagine it could possibly hurt your chances so why not try it? It might be something that sets you apart from other applicants.
Post # 7
I think it depends on the job…a lot of places will specifically say in the posting not to call, so doing so might hurt your chances.