Email follow-up for job seekers: Following up with an application.

Follow up with applications

When you’re on the hunt for a job, it can be overwhelming to keep track of applications and correspondence. Whether you’ve just sent a hiring manager your resume, or had a great interview and are waiting to hear back, it’s a good idea to send a follow-up email to reinforce your interest in the position and establish open communication.

And fortunately, there are a lot of great tools out there that can help you with this process. We’ve built Boomerang for Gmail to remind you when to send follow ups, and track responses so that you don’t let any great opportunities get lost in your inbox. Read on to find out how you can use it to help with your job search.

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Follow up with a job application

When a hiring manager receives dozens, even hundreds of applications per open position, it becomes difficult to tell one candidate apart from the next. A follow up letter can give you a small edge by showing that you are proactive and interested in the position; it may also help keep your application from getting lost in the pile.

Here’s a sample follow-up email that you can send to a hiring manager to check on the status of your application, or the position. Of course, this is provided to be a guide only; please tailor it to fit your personal situation!

Mr. Moore,

I recently submitted an application for your company’s Quality Assurance Engineer position as advertised on Angel List. Since I have not yet heard back from your company, I wanted to inquire as to whether I’m still under consideration for the position, or if it has been filled. If the position is still open, I would like to again express my interest in working with you at Baydin.

If you are looking for a dedicated and productive member for your engineering team, I am a self-motivated individual and believe I would be a valuable contribution for the right position.

If necessary, I would be happy to resend any application materials or to provide any further information you might need. I can be reached at (555) 555-5555 or roger@abcd.com. Thanks again for your consideration

Sincerely,
Roger Jones

As you’re sending out dozens of cover letters and resumes, it’s easy to lose track of different applications once you’ve hit ‘send.’ When composing an email, you can set Boomerang to give you a reminder if you don’t get a reply after a certain amount of days. If the message comes back to your inbox without a response, you can then react by sending another email to follow up.

Recurring Message Pop-up

You can now schedule your follow-up message as you're writing the original email. If the hiring manager responds to your original message, Boomerang will detect the response, and will not send the second email. If they don’t reply, Boomerang will send the follow-up message automatically — you’ll never have to let another opportunity fall through the cracks.

Recurring Message Pop-up

Got the interview? Great! Here are some tips for following up after an interview!

Some tips & reminders:

  • Schedule your follow up email to be sent 5–7 days after no response
  • Always do a grammar and spell check
  • Keep your follow-up email brief but professional
  • Include any recent professional developments (awards, training, etc) that may have happened since submitting your original application


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Boomerang for Gmail. First off, if you don’t have it, stop reading this and go get it. Right now. There’s absolutely no other plugin that will add this level of function to your Gmail.

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Jessa Carpenter

Terrific tools for the job hunt! I just installed Boomerang, an email scheduler/reminder for Gmail

Jessa Carpenter