Job seekers often drop off so many job applications but never go back to check ‘the way forward’. It is important to make a follow up on your application, who knows, it might just convince the employer that you are serious.
Here are reasons why you should keep doing a follow up on your application;
1. Gives you the opportunity to obtain additional information
By going to the trouble of making sure the appropriate person has received your documents, you will obtain more information that you can use to your benefit, including:
- Hiring contact name
- Interview timeline
- Maybe even schedule an interview
2. Ensures your resume was received
Just because you sent it doesn’t mean it was received on the other end. Don’t trust the web program, Internet site, referral service, fax, email, or even the trusty USPS. Follow up, first and foremost, to be sure that your important information arrived.
3. Demonstrates you want the job
Mind boggling, but true: Employers actually tell me that they cannot find anyone who wants to work. Really work. If you are not just going through the motions to satisfy a third party (unemployment, spouse, society…), follow up on every job application to show that interest.
4. Highlights your follow up skills
Following up speaks to your dedication and, again, reliability. If you follow up on your application, you could likely be relied upon to follow up on delegated tasks or requests that are outsourced. You are someone who can get the job done.
5. Illustrates your organization skills
Even before the interview, the employer will see that you are organized enough to keep track of your applications and submissions, and plan accordingly. Further, you can be relied upon. Employers in all industries value these qualities.