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Video:How to Follow Up After Submitting a Resume

with Brian Smith

Following up after submitting a resume is a crucial step to any job search. This About.com video will show you the best way to follow up after submitting a resume.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Follow Up After Submitting a Resume

Hello, my name is Brian Smith and today we're going over how to follow up after submitting a resume.

Following up on a resume is a step too often forgotten about. A good follow can mean the difference between you and another candidate.

Wait a Week and Then Follow Up

After you submit your resume, give the employer some time to look over your resume. Wait a week or two before following up. Once the allotted time has passed, it's time to follow up. A phone call is a great way to stay more personable and actually speak to someone.

Be Polite and Take Notes

When calling, be very polite because if the secretary finds you rude or annoying, she may not transfer your call or relay your message. When calling, always have a pen and paper handy to write down the name of the person you speak with because you may need to call them again or meet with them in person. If you're unable to get through to the person you need to speak with, leave a voicemail with your full name and number so a person can call you back.

Prepare Questions for Follow Up

Wait a week before following up; again, any sooner and your calls may become a nuisance. Once you do get through to the person you finally want to speak with, be polite and have some question prepared to ask them so you don't freeze up. Some potential questions could be: What are the next steps in the recruiting process? Do you need any more information from me? Would you like to setup a meeting to meet in person? Lastly, listen to what the person has to say. Taking notes while on the phone is a great idea.

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