do you follow up?

United States
January 22, 2009 3:54pm CST
[i]When you are applying for a job, do you call and follow up after submitting your resume or application letter? In the past, I always wait for them to contact me but this time, It seems that I want an answer right away! LOL! If I will be hired or I have no chance to get the job at least I can move and apply another company! LOL! I want to do it one at a time to avoid headache and hassle! Anyway, just want to learn from your guys! Have a great night friends![/i]
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@redhotpogo (4422)
• United States
22 Jan 09
In the past yes, I just waited for them to call back, and moved onto the next possible job. However the situation we are in today with so little jobs, its important for people to follow up, so someone else doesn't slip in and get the job.
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• United States
22 Jan 09
H[i]i redhotpogo, I am also thinking that! and makes me more active in calling them and asking how it is! Thanks for sharing![/i]
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• United States
23 Jan 09
Yep. Gotta be active. Don't ever give up on the job search. Tomorrow could be the day.
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@chrislotz (8203)
• Canada
28 Jan 09
But you have to be tactful about it too, or they may feel that you are harrassing them if you call too often. It is a touchy situation and I'm not totally sure what the proper thing to do is.
@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
22 Jan 09
Yes. I always call them and follow up with them. I want them to know just how interested I am in getting the job.
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• United States
22 Jan 09
[i]Hi steph, wow..thanks for that now I feel good! I thought I was demanding! LOL! ENjoy![/i]
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• United States
23 Jan 09
what you usually did you say when you will follow-up? need to hear ideas too. thanks for this topic!
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• United States
28 Jan 09
Just asking how's my application? the status? if there is a chance for me or they have chosen already a right person....Things like that!
• Regina, Saskatchewan
22 Jan 09
I've never left an interview without having learned by what date they would be making their hiring decision. If I hadn't heard from them by that date, then I would call the person that interviewed me. There were times when that actually got me the job.......... But in today's world where the competition for jobs is so much more intense, I encourage my sons to call every day until they get a yea or nay.
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• United States
22 Jan 09
[i]Hi sparks, I love the spirit! LOL! You motivate me a lot here! I am not really comfortable calling them but I was thinking I also can't move if I have no clue if I was rejected or if I have a chance! LOL! Thanks! [/i]
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
23 Jan 09
You're welcome.........stay positive cappy! Higgles
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• United States
23 Jan 09
Most of the time I just wait till they call me and if they don't call me within a reasonable amount of time than I assume that they have hired someone else. Though I did have a company call me after several months to tell me that they had chosen my application and wanted me to come in and I was I just told them that it was a little to late as I have already found a job. Where I work now is in the same building that my last job was in so after I had my interview I stopped by a few days later after I had gotten off work and talked with them and they ended up calling me that next day to tell me that I had the job and asked if I could start training on Monday. So maybe me checking in helped me out.
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• United States
23 Jan 09
[i]Hi alyssa, Wow...this is inspiring! Thanks for sharing! I was hesitant really but I feel also an urge within me that I need to follow up so that I can move on and apply for another job![/i]
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• China
23 Jan 09
Hey checapricon. I did follow up once and then I get my current job. I can see whether they want me or want after the interview base on my limited experience of being interviewed since I just graduated a year and a half ago. I think follow up is good. It's gives the impression that you do want this job, not just interviwing and get a little known about this company and then choose among a lot of options. But they also have a procedure to follow and sometimes they can't give you the answer right away.
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• United States
23 Jan 09
H[i]i Denise, wow..I am inspired by your sharing! Thanks for dropping! YOu know, I was hesitant really to follow up but a lot of my friends here are positive about it, anyway, I know there is nothing wrong about it and if ever they will not hire me, at least, I know at an early stage![/i]
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@Opal26 (17690)
• United States
23 Jan 09
Hi checapricorn! I never learned the proper etiquette for what you were or weren't supposed to do about calling or not calling when really interested in a job. If I went on an interview and I didn't hear anything I would call to see if they had made a decision! I hated waiting to hear! I also wanted to know one way or the other! Most of the time it meant that I didn't get it! I believe in following up although from what I have been told it isn't exactly the best thing to do. It's up to you how you feel. That's the way I look at it. I believe that if you are interested let the employer know it!
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• United States
23 Jan 09
[i]Hi Opal, Thank you so much for the encouragement! I have the urge to call and follow up really which I did, I don't like to waste my time waiting. I want to move on if ever I have no chance to be hired! I wasn't able to talk to the Head, I just leave a message! I am in the process of looking for another job this time! Thanks![/i]
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@winterose (39918)
• Canada
23 Jan 09
yes it is very important to follow up, it shows an interest in the job, and might be the deciding factor on whether you get the job or someone else does.
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• United States
23 Jan 09
H[i]i winterose, That is also what I feel, there is nothing to lose when we ask! lOL! Thanks for adding more strength in my by being positive![/i]
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
22 Jan 09
My problem is that I HATE being followed up on, so I do follow up reluctantly, but I hate doing it!
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• United States
28 Jan 09
Hi dawn, I am not comfortable also honestly...I never do this in the past! LOL!
@se7enthbird (8327)
• Philippines
23 Jan 09
i am in a band, once they didnt contact even one of the member then that means we are not in. we did not pass. if one of the members of our band knows someone from that place then he is the one to be busy asking for details and trying his best that we get in or get the job. but if we only tried and they did not call then we dont call back. in the music industry it is easy to detect if they like you or not.
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• United States
23 Jan 09
looking for a cowbell player?
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• United States
24 Jan 09
[i]Hi se7, wow...So, this kid for sure will grow up as a singer, let him join any contest in ABS! Why you didn't join PBB? I am sure you have a great chance![/i]
• Philippines
24 Jan 09
sorry che i am not a contest joining person har har har. i maybe a musician but i am a shy person. and if i will join a contest like that the whole band will be affected and they can not go on for i am not aorund. we also have a hard time starting again when we lose one member. specially female singers they get bored and easily change their minds and go find another group. i think my son will be a good singer too my wife is a professional singer
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@bombshell (11266)
• Germany
23 Jan 09
hi maám when i apply, i did not follow up because they are the one who supposed to call us if we are in or out!hehehe
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• United States
23 Jan 09
[i]mamsa! I agree with you, that is also my attitude when I was in our Country! I do know, maybe I am just impatient this time since I want to have a job and have other stuff to work with! LOL! Enjoy![/i][em]
@bombshell (11266)
• Germany
23 Jan 09
lami anang ma´masa sabaw ba!.well maybe sometimes we have to be patient.
@dpk262006 (56521)
• Delhi, India
23 Jan 09
I do not follow up, because I do not apply for fresh jobs, but I feel if we are applying, there is no harm in following it up, because,it will be in our interest to follow it up and we should not take it otherwise, if the response is not positive. In that case, we can many another try.
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• United States
23 Jan 09
[i]Hi dpk, You have a very valid point! I always encourage myself,there is no harm in trying since I feel awkward in doing so but I feel like I need it! Thanks for dropping![/i]
@dpk262006 (56521)
• Delhi, India
27 Jan 09
Yes, I agree with you that there is no harm in trying........!!
@neildc (17253)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
29 Jan 09
Applying for a job is what I really hate and I don't know why. I can only have a job (in the past) if someone has to refer me or the job is actually looking for me. But that doesn't mean that I am lazy, I never lose a job in the past. Anyway, to answer you question, maybe I will not do a follow-up, I will just wait for the company to call me.
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• United States
30 Jan 09
[i]Hi neildc, I know what you mean. In our Country, I never had to wait a lot of months to be employed..LOL! I was blessed before that after applying, I will get the job right away! Here, having no experience...you know, it's kinda hard! hmmm...Anyway, thanks for dropping and I agree also with you point, if they are interested, they will call me! LOL![/i]
@chrislotz (8203)
• Canada
28 Jan 09
I never call back once I have given my resume to a company that I am applying for a job with. The reason I don;t is because I have been in the position of being the recepient of the resume and I was the one doing the hiring and I didn't like the phone calls. I always told people I would call them if I was interested in setting up an interview wo if they called me it told me they were impatient. It also told me they were interested in getting the job but I was just too busy to take all the phone calls. So if someone called me after I told them not to, I would discard their resume. They have proven to me that they can't follow instrustions. Alrighty then, talk to you later my friend, Have a good mylotting day, Chris
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• United States
28 Jan 09
[i]Ohh...thanks for sharing your view chris! have a great day too![/i]
27 Jan 09
I would call up and ask when the shortlisting is and at what point can you assume that you have been unsuccessful but I would also be very careful about how I went about this. Good companies have shortlisting procedures and do not appreciate feeling chased up or hounded. You can always attach an SAE for a response and its fine to call and ask for feedback on why you application has been unsuccessful. I wouldnt put all my eggs in one basket and wait around - apply to as many jobs as you like the sound of and let nature take its course. Good Luck!
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• United States
28 Jan 09
[i]Thanks misslizzy, that is what I am doing right now..I am submitting to various companies and lets' see if I can get one! Thanks for dropping![/i]
@subhakars (934)
• India
24 Jan 09
yes, When I apply for a job and if I do not get a call within day or two, I will defintely follow up and find out what's happening. If we wait for a call, then some times we might not get a call. Our application might be rejected and we will not know that issue and keep on waiting for the call. We get more anxious about the interview and other things.. It is better to call them and know the status. If we are supposed to get a call then it is ok otherwise we can try for some other one...
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• United States
24 Jan 09
[i]I agree with you, it's hard to wait and wait and then this will just stuck us from trying other companies! Thanks for dropping![/i]
@Bebs08 (10689)
• United States
23 Jan 09
Hi Che, That's what I did a year ago. I waited for them to contact me but it did not work out that way. So, then I tried to call them and set and appointment for interview. I was interviewed but was not hired because they preferred to have somebody who is certified. But as what I understand, Our chance is very slim if we do not know somebody or they do not know us. Some people give me an idea to do volunteer work so that they will know you or apply as substitute to have exposure and that the hiring personnel would have and idea of who you are and what you can do for them. But this time, doing volunteer work is just hard.. we need money;; Lol.. then if we do volunteer and then we are not paid and we will not be hired? well, that is just an idea they give me but I did not do that. It;s up to you if you will try.
• United States
24 Jan 09
[i]Hi Bebs, Yea..we really need to be certified! But, I am not working that yet! I am planning to do that after asking the procedures from one of the schools here! It is really hard for us with no experience here, I agree with doing volunteer jobs for some experiences and backgrounds! Hard and very frustrating sometimes! having this degree and feel like going back to zero! LOL! Thanks for sharing Bebs![/i]
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
23 Jan 09
i think in this day and age you can afford to be a bit pushy when it comes to a job. i would call the company a couple of days after i had dropped off the resume. sadly, waiting is a huge part of getting a new job.
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• United States
24 Jan 09
[i]Hi cher, I agree...We need also to be patient but just hard to be this time! lOL! Thanks for sharing[/i]!
@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
23 Jan 09
I think that after an interview you should call and email the person(s) who interviewed you and thank them for doing so. This is the right thing to do. did you mena this or did you mean should you call to find out if you have the job? At the end of an interview you could politely ask what would be the length of time before you would hear if you were successful or not. There is nothing wrong with that. good luck in your job hunt.
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• United States
24 Jan 09
[i]Hi cynthia, Thanks for giving me this tip! Actually, in the past I haven't tried thanking any of the people who interview me! lOL! and I realized it's wonderful to do this! In this post, I mean, before any interview.....after submitting the application, is it great to call and follow up! Maybe I am just very impatient here! LOL![/i]
@carrine (2749)
• Philippines
23 Jan 09
no no! because if they think that you are qualified they will not wait you for another days or weeks to contact you, so you do not have to follow up for your application.. because if they are hiring meaning they need you or people right?
• United States
23 Jan 09
[i]Hi carrine, I also love your idea here! Actually, I haven't tried doing this before and I just tried to be more guts this time! LOL! I don't like to apply several companies simultaneously so it makes me impatient at times! lOL! Thanks for dropping![/i]
@marketing07 (6266)
• South Korea
23 Jan 09
hello my friend, before..i used to follow up but here in korea..if you apply and you are qualified then..they will tell you..to come to work on the set date..cheers
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• United States
23 Jan 09
W[i]ow..that is cool! I wish also to hear from them soon if I am in or out! LOL! Thanks friend and have a great time![/i]