You can follow up on your resume submission either via email or by calling the employer.
If you opt for email:
- Make sure your subject line includes your name and the position you're applying for, e.g., "System Adminstrator position – John Smith." Avoid vague subject lines like "following up."
- Keep the email short and sweet, restating your interest in the job and your qualifications. Thank the person for his or her time and include your contact information.
- Re-attach your resume to save the hiring manager the trouble of digging out your resume, or copy and paste it into the body of the email for easier viewing.
- Proofread the email before sending it out.
If you choose to call the employer:
- Practice what you're going to say ahead of time.
- Keep your message short and polite, stating your name, the fact that you sent in your resume recently and which position you were applying for. Mention that you're still interested, and that you are following up to find out what stage in the hiring process the employer is at.
- Try to talk to someone in person, if possible, before you decide to leave a message.
Keep reading to learn about some resume follow-up "don'ts."