The Importance of Writing a Follow-Up

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Applying for a job takes a long time… you have to make sure your resume is perfect and that your cover letter highlights everything the employer is looking for. Once you triple check everything, it’s time to press send. Once everything is sent, there is a sigh of relief and words of A Chorus Line echo in your head “God, I hope I get it. I hope I get it!” You sit back and wait... and wait. It’s been a full week and you’ve heard nothing. Your nerves are getting the best of you - you double check the email address, making sure everything is correct. 


Relax! Everything is perfectly fine, you have nothing to worry about. Plenty of employers are busy and they don’t always have the time to answer your emails. So what do you do to make sure they give you an answer? You send a follow-up. Sending a follow-up email sounds like a daunting task, how do you word something so you don’t come off as desperate or annoying? I’m here to help you with that. 


The most important thing is that you do actually send a follow-up. Follow-ups are key because they help remind the employer who you are and why you want the job. By sending one, you are showing them that you truly want the position. From personal experience, by sending a few follow-up emails, I was interviewed by my dream publication and although I did not get the position, it still helped me get to the interview stage. 


Follow-ups can be as easy or as complicated as you make them. The best way to go about writing one is to make it short and sweet. Mention that you are aware that they are busy, but were wondering about the status of your application and repeat how excited you are at that possibility of this opportunity. They usually respond quickly to messages like that. As Giada De Laurentiis once told me, “Your enthusiasm will get you far”. So keep that in mind as you write your follow-ups. Good luck and get writing!


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