You went through the process of submitting your resume to the ‘perfect’ job opening. What’s next?

You could just wait patiently…. but most likely that won’t land you the job.

Your best bet is to follow up via email. Most employers and recruiters prefer follow up via email.

My suggestion would be to wait two weeks after you submit a resume. If an email address is listed in the posting, send an email to thank them for the opportunity to apply and ask a few simple questions.

Here are a few sample questions you can ask.
Do you need any additional information about me or my work history?
What are the next steps in the recruiting process?
Will I be contacted either way?

Also in this email message don’t be afraid to portray options. Let the potential employer know that you are interviewing other places but you were intrigued by the employer’s job posting and would love the opportunity to learn more about the position.

Keep your follow up email short. Employers and recruiters are very busy and will not have time to read more than a short paragraph or two.

Lastly if in the job posting the employer states not to follow up, then follow the instructions and don’t contact the employer. In any case don’t hesitate to call a current employee of the company that you might have a relationship with to see if you can find an internal advocate for your candidacy.

Well, that’s all, for now, please stop back to our blog for more tips to help you in your job hunt.