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How to Write a Follow Up Email If a Job Didn\’t Contact You When They Said They Would

When you follow up after sending a résumé or application, the odds are that you’ll end up with a handful of interviews or jobs. However, sometimes, even after submitting a résumé or application, you’ll still don’t hear anything and start to wonder if you missed out on something. Don’t worry – there’s still hope! In this article, we’ll discuss how to write a follow up email if a job didn’t contact you when they said they would.

Be Confident

The employer might not have gotten a hold of your résumé or application, but that doesn’t mean they didn’t see it. Studies have shown that candidates with an “authentic” sounding confidence email are more likely to get a positive response than those who seem “too” confident or “overly” enthusiastic.

That being said, too often we think that confidence and enthusiasm are a “cutesy” attribute to have in your arsenal. Employers aren’t immune to this either – they might not think you’re the right fit for the job, but they might also feel that you’re not suitable to be their boss. It’s a tricky balance, but it’s one that you need to keep in mind.

Respect Their Decision

In the event that the employer did get a hold of your résumé or application, but they decided not to interview or hire you after all, it’s still important to show them that you respect their decision. Studies have shown that when employers perceive that their employees respect their decision, even when they don’t agree with it, they feel more positively about the employee’s abilities and have less of a tendency to retaliate or negatively bias them. So, even if you’re incredibly confident that you’re the perfect fit for the job, it’s still important to show the employer that you respect their decision.

Follow Up

After you get the “no thank you” email or call, it’s important to follow up with a brief email explaining why you’re interested in the job and how you’ll improve their company. This will also hopefully encourage them to reconsider their decision and maybe even give you a second chance!

There are three important things to keep in mind when following up after getting a “no thank you” email:

  • The employer didn’t get ahold of your résumé or application, so they still need to make a decision. The goal is to get them to reconsider and say “yes” rather than “no”
  • You still need to show that you’re confident and that you respect their decision
  • Don’t expect that they’ll change their mind – it takes some time

If they decided that they didn’t want to meet with you after all, it’s still important to show that you respect their decision. This doesn’t mean that you have to agree with it or like it, but it does mean that you recognize the truth of what they’re saying.

What About The Follow Up Email After A Phone Call?

If a job didn’t contact you after they called you, it’s also important to follow up with a brief email. However, instead of sending an email, you can send a text or call them on the phone. Just make sure that after the initial follow up, you don’t text or email them too often – once a week should be sufficient.

The reason for this is that the employer didn’t get a chance to see your full résumé or application, so they might not remember everything you said. If you text or email them too often, you might overload their memory and they’ll simply dismiss it as another message from a pesky job applicant.

It’s also important to be specific with your follow up – if you’re not sure what they’re looking for, ask!

The Follow Up Email After An Interview

Hopefully, you’ll end up getting at least one interview after sending in your résumé or application. If so, it’s important to follow up with a brief email after the interview has ended. This will help ensure that they remember you and aren’t forced to forget about you due to busy schedules.

When you follow up after an interview, you want to do the following:

  • Thank them for their time
  • Highlight any skills or attributes that they noted were a strength
  • Remind them that you’re still interested in the position
  • If they didn’t contact you after the interview, but they did say that they’d keep your résumé on file, tell them that you’re looking forward to hearing from them whenever they have something new to say

If they didn’t contact you after your interview, but they did say that they’d keep your résumé on file, it’s important to follow up with a brief email. This will help make sure that they remember you and aren’t forced to forget about you due to busy schedules.

Follow these tips and you’ll be sure to get that job you deserve – no matter what stage you’re at in the process!