Sending a job application follow up email is the right course of action if you have not heard anything after submitting your application and you have given the employer sufficient time to get back to you.
First check the job posting to see if there is a timeline provided with a response date or if it is explicitly stated that the employer does not want you to contact them about the status of your job application. It is advisable to follow these instructions.
If the job posting does not provide these details, it is appropriate to send a follow up email after a reasonable period of time. There is no fixed rule as to how long you should wait before following up, but in general it should not be less than a week after submitting your application. Surveys of human resource managers indicate that the best time to follow up is one to two weeks after submitting your application.
However, all these human resource managers agreed that it was important for job seekers to follow up as part of their application process. A job application follow up email is an indication of your enthusiasm and can help your chances of getting an interview.
It is best to send your email directly to the hiring manager.
If you applied through a job board and you have no direct email address for the person responsible for hiring, you can check the company website for the hiring manager's email address. If you cannot find it on the website simply call the company and ask the receptionist for those details.
Your email subject line should clearly state the position you applied for and your name.
For example: John Smith - Marketing Assistant Job Application Follow Up
Subject: Jane Smith - Administrative Assistant Job Application Follow Up
Dear Mrs Brown
I know how busy you must be, but I recently applied to the Administrative Assistant position and I would like to kindly ask if you could provide me with an update on the status of my job application.
I am very enthusiastic about both the position and joining such a reputable company. I am confident that my excellent computer skills and solid administrative experience will enable me to successfully fulfill the administrative assistant role.
I look forward to hearing from you soon, and thank you for your time and consideration.
Jane Smith email@example.com phone number
Subject: Jack Jones - Following up on Marketing Assistant application
Good Morning Mr Hill
I am writing to follow up on my recent application for the Marketing Assistant position and to respectfully ask if you could provide me with your decision timeline.
very interested in the job opportunity and excited about working at such an innovative company. I am convinced that my strong social media skills and broad experience working on successful marketing campaigns will enable me to contribute significantly to your marketing team.
Please let me know if you require any further information. I look forward to hearing from you soon, and thank you for your time.
Jack Jones firstname.lastname@example.org phone number
If your first follow up email does not get a response it is advisable to try one more time before moving on. You can email again or you can consider an alternative method of contact, such as a phone call.
Wait at least a week before making contact again. If you don't hear back after this, it is likely that your job application is unsuccessful and it is best to look at other job opportunities.