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Monday, May 20th, 2019

Applying for a new role is an exciting prospect. However, submitting endless applications is a tiring process and when it comes to awaiting responses, it’s understandable that you may feel eager to find out where you stand.

Should you send an email thanking your prospective employers for considering your application, or wait a week until you hear a decision from them first?

Here we give our top tips on following up on a job application as a candidate.

Check the advert

It’s a good idea to check the job listing before you start writing an email to a potential employer for a response. Some job listings will specify when you are likely to hear back from them, whereas others might ask that you don’t follow up with an email.

If you’re yet to submit an application, you might consider adding a sentence about contacting a potential employer in a week or so to follow up.

Give it some time

No one wants to seem pushy or impolite when asking potential employers for an update on a new role. After all, the hiring process can take some time meaning you won’t necessarily hear back immediately.

There’s no fixed rule when it comes to contacting a potential employer after submitting an application, but generally, you should email no sooner than a week after applying.

Be professional

When following up on an application, remember that you still want to make a great first impression.
Whether you’re emailing or speaking to someone directly, it’s always best to speak politely and professionally.

 Ask questions

If you’re yet to hear anything about the job you have applied for, ask when they plan on beginning the interview process so that you know when to next contact them if you need to.

Short and precise

Keep your message short. Your application was the time to explain why you were good for the position and details about your past experience. Make the message brief and to the point.


Looking for the perfect role to match your skillset? At Nicholas Howard, we have a number of permanent, contract and fixed-term jobs across the UK and Europe in a wide range of industries.

Contact us today.

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