What do I do After I Apply for a Job?

Whether you got a notification to your email to the new job posting or you found it after 30 minutes of combing through job sites, you found a great job opportunity that you qualify for! Congratulations! This can sometimes be the hardest part of a job search. You submitted your application and made sure you applied the way they instructed on the posting, so now what?

Many job seekers make the mistake of simply going online and applying for jobs non-stop or just waiting for hiring managers to call them. Here are a few things you should do to improve your search effectiveness and keep yourself on track with finding a new job!

1. Keep a Folder

Keep your job search organized by saving the job postings and contact information for each position you apply for. This will come in handy when you need to refresh your memory when they request an interview and for following up with the hiring manager.

2. Make Sure Your Phone is Ready

If a hiring manager called today, would you be ready to take their call? Be ready to answer phone calls from unknown numbers. For the times you can’t make it to the phone, make sure your voicemail sounds clear and professional.

3. Have a Printed Copy of Your Resume

You never know when a hiring manager will call and request an interview. It may even be very short notice. This is why you should have a copy of your resume and cover letter ready to bring with you at all times.

4. Follow Up with the Recruiter

Not every hiring manager is going to call you to let you know that the position has been filled or that you didn’t make it to the interview process. Following up 4 days after you submit the resume is crucial to find out where they are at with their process. You also want to share your interest in the position. They’ll remember you when they look at your application. Just know that you should not harass the hiring manager by following up immediately after submitting your application and calling them every day after. You won’t get the job this way, so make sure you’re following up with an email or a phone call 4 – 7 days after you submit the resume. If the job posting has information about when they want someone to start the job, you should call with that date in mind.

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