And the best way to follow up?
"I prefer e-mail," says Kobs. "If you call me on the phone and ask if we've made a hiring decision, you put me in an awkward position if I have to tell you bad news … or if I've forgotten who you are. Candidates who follow up by e-mail show respect for my time, which I appreciate," he says.
Andrea Hoover, CEO of JobLynx Online, offers additional ways to set yourself apart when applying for jobs online.
First, when submitting resumes online, be sure to use a professional-looking e-mail address, not the one at work or a cutesy one like email@example.com
Her follow-up methods, which are more aggressive than what an HR professional might suggest, include the following:
- The day after you submit your resume to a company, e-mail them a quick note asking if they received and were able to read your resume, or if they require a different format for their database
- The day after that, print and send a stationery version of your resume by U.S. Mail to the hiring authority, along with a copy to any other company contacts, for review and filing for future opportunities
- One week after your initial contact, send an e-mail to the hiring authority inquiring if you can supply any further information not included in your original resume
- Finally, around 10 days after your online application, send another e-mail asking for the phone number of the hiring authority, since you are considering several other offers. Attach your resume to this e-mail so they won't need to hunt for it. And ask for a convenient time to contact them for a brief phone interview