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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Following Up

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“I can give you a six-word formula for success: "Think things through - then follow through” Sir Walter Scott

Employers get many applications for positions and it’s often hard to select who might be the best fit.

In order to give yourself a competitive edge, make your application more personal and follow up. By doing this, you show interest, initiative, and personality. This takes your application to the next level and you are no longer just a piece of paper in the stack, you are a person with real-life qualities.

Tips to Following Up:

  • Call or email approximately 5-7 days after submitting your application
  • Follow up in the method that is preferred by employers (how they communicated with you previously)
  • If calling, write out a script beforehand so you are fully prepared
  • In your communication with the employer, portray yourself as confident and inquisitive, but not entitled or demanding
  • Ask at least these three things: did they receive all of your application materials, do they have any additional questions or need anything more from you, when might they be interviewing candidates
  • If they communicate with you that they will be interviewing in 2 weeks, it is appropriate to follow up again a little after that period passes if you have not yet heard back
  • Keep an organized file of when you made contact and who you spoke with for future records


The Art of the Follow Up

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