According to Forbes, the average job posting
gets about 118 applications. And of course, from this overall pool of applicants, only
a handful will get chosen for an interview. So how do you make sure you catch a’s attention?
Well one way is by following up on your job application!
Hey everyone, Professor and Career Strategist Andrew Richards here with Growth Ladder, the
channel dedicated to helping you land your dream job and accelerate your career and in
this video we’re going to be talking about how to follow up on a job application. If
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achieve career stardom. Now as I said earlier, whenever you apply
for a job, you’re just one of many applicants and often times it’s really easy to be overlooked.
Now assuming you are a good fit for the job, one thing you can do to boost your chances
of getting noticed is by following up on your job application with the hiring manager. With
that being said, let’s dive into the 4 tips for following up on a job application.
In tip number one we’re going to focus on how you should follow-up?
We generally don’t recommend following-up by phone unless it’s a role in a field such
as sales where this can demonstrate the type of personality the hiring manager could be
looking for. Email is usually the safer and more professional
way to follow-up as you’re not interrupting the hiring manager during their day and you
can word things accordingly as well as provide attachments such as your resume and cover
letter once again for quick reference So how do you follow-up by email when you
don’t know the hiring manager’s name or email address? Well the first step is to figure
out who the role you’ve applied to will be reporting to which is usually mentioned
in the job description. So let’s say I’ve applied for the role of a Business Analyst
with Pfizer Canada and it says in the job description that I’ll be reporting to the
Director of Marketing for Pfizer Canada. My next step would be to go on google and search
Director of Marketing Pfizer Canada + Linkedin. More often than not at this point the first
link that pops up should be the person’s profile who is the Director of Marketing for
Pfizer Canada at which point you would have figured out the Hiring Manager’s name. BINGO!
So onto step number two, which is figuring out the email address of the hiring manager.
When you don’t know the hiring manager’s email address, you can use a website like
hunter.io to try and figure this out. Most companies use some variation of an individual’s
first and last name followed by the url of the company’s website
So now that we’ve figured out who to contact and how. The next tip is on what you should
say in your email. For this part of the process, I’m going to go through a templated email
that we encourage many of the clients we coach to use. Feel free to modify this as you see
fit depending on the role and industry you want to work in.
Hi Alex, My name is Andrew Richards and I’m very excited about Pfizer Canada’s opening
for the role of a Business Analyst. I’ve had a number of years of experience in the
field and just wanted to express my interest in working for Pfizer Canada.
I noticed in the job description that you are looking for an individual who has experience
rolling out new budget projection methodologies for inventory production. I believe my expertise
and experience in financial forecasting, inventory production and spoilage analysis as well as
aggregating and extrapolating data from various ERP systems will be able to help you achieve
your goals with this project. I hope that we will have the opportunity to chat further
on this in the near future. For your reference, I’ve also attached my resume and cover letter
to this email. Kind Regards, Andrew Richards
Notice how in this message, I’ve mentioned a specific pain point that may have been highlighted
in the job description by the employer and how I might be able to help address it using
my skills and experience. Now if you’d like to be able to track when
and how many time the hiring manager you’ve reached out to actually opens up your email
then we recommend installing a chrome extension such as banana tag that can report this information
to you. Moving on to tip number three which is on
when is a reasonable time to follow-up after you’ve submitted your job application.
if you follow-up too early than it can come across as aggressive and pushy to the recruiter
and hiring manager, similarly if you follow-up too late than the position could potentially
have been filled or it may show a lack of interest to the potential employer
generally speaking our advice is to follow-up 3 to 5 business days after the job has closed
And as I mentioned earlier, if you want to get an idea of if the employer actually checked
your email then using a chrome extension such as banana tag can help achieve this.
Tip number 4 on following up on a job application is to not take this process personally if
you don’t get a reply from the hiring manager you’ve reached out to.
what anyone searching for a job needs to realize is rejection is part of the process and you
can’t associate rejection with who you are as a person
recognize that most jobs get over a hundred applications and there are so many variables
at play as to whether you are a good fit or not for a job
failure is not fatal and as bruce lee says the master has failed more times than the
student has even tried. So recognize that the job application process is a series of
failures until you hit a success. Alright folks so that’s everything for today’s
video on how to follow up on a job application. Before you go, let’s quickly wrap up what
we’ve learned so that you can follow-up on a job application the right way.
Tip number one is to follow-up on a job application with the hiring manager via email as opposed
to phoning the employer Tip number two is to word your email to the hiring manager in
such a way that you’re addressing a major pain point mentioned in the job description
by the employer and how your skills and experience can help address it Tip number three is to
aim to follow-up 3 to 5 business days after job application has closed
And lastly tip number is to not take this job application process personally if you
don’t get a reply to your follow-up email Before you go, once again, don’t forget
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in the comments section below. Also, if you’re watching this video and
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