We’ve all been there at some stage. You get the good old-fashioned, “I’ll get back to you” and then radio silence. This can sometimes test even the most zen-like among us and it’s easy to grow frustrated.
Following-up with employers can be a daunting task. When do you reach out? How often? What if you don’t hear back? What am I even going to say? Often when trying to come up answers to these questions, inaction prevails, and ultimately — you do nothing.
With that in mind, we’ve put together three simple tips that you can use to answer those questions and a few others that you might have.
Remember you’re writing to another human 🌎
It’s seen as good practice when reaching out to recruiters and hiring managers to understand what a day in the life of their role would typically look like. So it shouldn’t be too hard for you to empathise with them.
A recruiter is oftentimes the first line of communication with a potential employee. More often than not they have good intentions to get back to people but sometimes this it gets missed and these things can slip through.
If 100 people email a recruiter about a job opening or several even available positions, it would take that person around 5 hours to read and respond to all of those messages without any breaks and by only spending three minutes on each exchange.
When you factor in other elements of their job, it’s easy to see why so many companies and organizations rely on applicant tracking systems to sort resumes and find potential candidates. The chances are if you haven’t heard back from them yet — it’s nothing personal.
Make your calls and emails count ☎️
Since recruiters and hiring managers face a mountain of messages each day, it’s important to make yours count and stand out.
Make sure when you reach out that you have a clear purpose for doing so. Tell them that you know the job you want and clearly pitch to them why you’re a good candidate for it. You can use this as an opportunity to show that you’ve done a little bit of research on the company.
Sending them a short, direct message on LinkedIn as a follow up to your application. The more you can tailor your message and discuss why you’re a good candidate for the job and display enthusiasm, the better off you will be.
“Any jobs?” unfortunately, won’t cut it. Demonstrating that you have not only been proactive enough to reach out but were bothered to do some research into the role and the company will catapult your name to the top of their list.
Another way to make a positive impression in your communications is to show respect for the other person’s time. Instead of demanding a response, you can leave the ball in their court to contact you if they’re interested.
Finish it out with an ending that offers your availability to be contacted and provide an email and phone number but explicitly say that it doesn’t require a response.
Get connected 🌐
Invest time in connecting with recruiters and hiring managers. While you may not be a fit for a role they have available at the moment, that might not necessarily be the case in the future.
Recruiters like when candidates begin a dialogue with them to connect for reasons beyond a predictable transactional interaction, i.e you have a job to fill and I would like a job.
You should not only be prepared to ask them questions about specific elements of a role that had recently been posted, but you should also show them that you’ll make the effort to establish a connection that can also be used with a view to longer-term networking.
This strategy can be extended beyond the interaction you have with a recruiter. You can apply this approach after interviews with other people in the company to keep the door open to other opportunities
Take the time to connect with the interviewers you met on LinkedIn. You can use this as a great way to visibly keep up with any activity going on in the company through posts, comments, and articles. When they are hiring and your name pops up again, it’ll jump off the screen to them.
Follow-up calls and emails can be hard to get your head around. We all hate rejection but it’s part of life. Once you hit three follow-ups between both LinkedIn and over email, I think it’s probably time to resume your job search and look for alternative opportunities.
Although you might love the prospect of working at a particular company, try not to fall in love with one job. With all the uncertainty around at the moment, it would be a bad idea to commit completely to the application process for it while neglecting others.
It’s important for a number of reasons that you don’t stop looking for work until you accept the position or sign an offer letter.
Ian from Gradguide
Gradguide is a career guidance and mentorship program designed to help college students and recent graduates land their first job in tech. We pair you with a mentor to help improve your CV & LinkedIn, upskill, find the right roles to apply for, prepare for interviews, and seek referrals to the best companies around.