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Application Submitted! Now What? Next Steps in the Job Seeking Process

Post Author Alana Davis
May 16, 2014 4:29:00 PM
Career Tips


When you are searching for a job, it is a good idea for you to reach out to your potential employer to demonstrate that you are interested in the particular position. While you may have experience in this method when applying directly for a job, the process is slightly different when you are applying through a staffing firm. You should still follow up to confirm that your application has been received, and inquire if more information is needed, but whom do you talk to, and how long should you wait before you do so? Here are a few guidelines to consider when deciding the appropriate time to call the staffing firm.

1. Wait at least 2-3 days before you contact the agency.

It may take time for processing and review of resumes, so it is best to allot a few days, before you contact the company to check on the status of your application. Calling before the recruiters have had a chance to look at your information could convey the impression that you would be an impatient employee who would be difficult to keep engaged. If you physically turned in your résumé, suggest a day that you will call to check in on the status. This will give you the opportunity to show the interviewer your reliability and that you set and adhere to deadlines. If you submitted it electronically, two to three days is a good guideline to allow for review of your application.  Make sure that you contact the actual decision maker.  It’s easy to get headed off by an assistant when you call to check on the status of your application. Messages can get lost, or vary when based on simple phone conversations with more than one person. Furthermore, merely leaving a message can show that you aren’t actively interested in the position. Instead, do some homework to determine who the recruiter is for the position you have applied for and if possible, send them an email. The email should not be long; briefly introduce yourself, and inquire as to whether your application has been reviewed. Perhaps you may mention a few key skills or qualifications that you have for the job. This will show the recruiter that you have carefully considered the job requirements and you are fully capable of performing the job. This simple note should encourage him or her to advance your application in the process. At the end of the email, you can ask about next steps, or request an appropriate time to call.

2. Adhere to your deadlines

Once you have confirmed a time for final news, stick to it! If you are supposed to receive a verdict by Friday, do not call on Thursday just in case he or she made a choice early, as this can rush a decision that could have been in your favor. If you do not receive a specific time for a call back, make a deadline for yourself (a week is usually a good space of time). This will show the interviewer that you  observe deadlines and would show the same concern for the staffing firm’s reputation.

While it can be difficult to wait when you are anxious to hear news about a job  opportunity, patience and  well-placed communication will benefit you more than doing nothing or doing too much. By reminding the company of your name and interest in the position, while also showing strict adherence to deadlines, a fickle decision can turn  in your favor. Following these guidelines can help you show your potential as a conscientious employee and an asset to the company, thus  increase your chances of being hired!

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