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You have submitted all of your application materials—now what? Communication you may receive from an organization can vary greatly. Some organizations may contact you immediately, while others may never contact you. Don't get discouraged!

Quick Job Search Follow-Up Tips:

  • Have a follow-up plan in place to keep you in the loop on a job status.
  • Get contact information if it was not already provided.
  • Be sure to keep track of this information.

Consider using our job search tracking sheet to keep you on track!

Follow-Up Etiquette

Your follow-up will depend on when the position closes and the communication preference of the employer.

  • If the position does not close for a few weeks, it is important to follow up via phone or e-mail a week after you submitted your application. 
  • Since there is no guarantee they will respond the first time you contact them, it is acceptable to wait another week and follow up once more. 
  • After this attempt, if you still have not heard anything, do not follow up until you hear back.

Follow-Up Call or E-mail Discussion Points

Phone: "Hello. My name is <your name>. I am calling about the <job title> position that I applied for a week ago. I want to check on the status of my application for this position. Is the hiring manager available at the moment?" 


My name is <your name>. I recently applied for the <job title> position that was posted on <posting location>. I am very interested in this position and want to check on the status of my application.

I look forward to hearing from you.


<Your Name>" 

How to Handle an Employer's Response

Some employers will be able to provide an update, such as where they are in the hiring process. Other times, you might not get much information at all, but at least you have expressed your continued interest in the position. If neither an e-mail or phone number is provided, this means the recruiting process is most likely all online. In these cases, you should receive an automated message confirming that your application has been received.

You got a rejection notification instead of an interview. How should you respond?

You have two options. You can not respond at all. If you do respond, keep it professional. Just because you are not right for one position does not mean they will not remember you for future opportunities. Make sure to thank them for considering your application and let them know that you would love to learn about opportunities that may come available in the future.

Try to stay positive. If you are unsure how to proceed with your job search follow-up, make an appointment with us and select the reason code: Part-Time Job Search Strategies.