You have sent in a resume. You wonder if you should do a follow-up message. How long do you wait to follow up? What is the best way to follow up? How often? Email, phone call, snail mail?
Not all employers take the time to let you know that they received your materials and sometimes you may even be left hanging as to whether you will get an interview or not. It may feel like your resume went into a black hole!
Follow up is always a good idea. It can help settle your mind as to whether your materials did indeed get to the right person . It also gets your name across to the decision maker again.
I suggest a phone call as the top choice for following up. Allow 2-3 days to pass after you sent your materials. Call early before people get too busy with their day, try before 8:30am. Be friendly and casual and ask about your materials and they also inquire as to the time frame for making decisions on candidates. Also clearly state your interest in the job.
My second choice would be email. Be sure though, that your subject line is specific enough to get attention. If you want to send additional materials for the employer to review such as examples of your work or maybe your own website, this would be a good opportunity to do so. Again ask about the hiring time frame and express your interest in the job.
I would save snail mail for your thank you note after an interview.
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