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Sending your resume into the job search ether—and hearing nothing—can be disheartening.

But you don’t have to sit on pins and needles waiting for a response. If you’ve applied for a job and haven’t heard from the hiring manager in a week or two, go ahead and follow up. Here’s a professional job application follow-up email to send off to the company.


Email Template Following Up on a Job Application

Subject: Following Up on [Position Title] Application

Hi [Hiring Manager’s Name],

I hope all is well. I know how busy you probably are, but I recently applied to the [position title] position, and wanted to check in on your decision timeline. I am excited about the opportunity to join [company name] and help [bring in new clients/develop world-class content/anything else awesome you would be doing] with your team.

Please let me know if it would be helpful for me to provide any additional information as you move on to the next stage in the hiring process.

I look forward to hearing from you,

[Your Name]


Sample Job Application Follow-Up Emails

So what does this look like in action? Here are two examples of emails you might send to follow up on a job application:


Sample Email #1

Subject: Following up on Social Media Manager application

Hi Jennifer,

I hope all is well. I know how busy you probably are, but I recently applied to the Social Media Manager position and wanted to check in on your decision timeline. I’m excited about the opportunity to join HoneyBee Co and help manage and grow your social media channels with the digital marketing team.

Please let me know if it would be helpful for me to provide any additional information as you move on to the next stage in the hiring process.

I look forward to hearing from you,

John


Sample Email #2

Subject: Following up on Front-End Developer application

Hi Sam,

Hope you’re having a great week! I know how busy you probably are, but I recently applied to the Front-End Developer position. I am excited about the opportunity to join BlueGreen Inc and help build out the functionality of your website and I just wanted to check in about your hiring timeline for the position.

Please let me know if there’s any other information I can provide as you move to the next stage in the hiring process.

I look forward to hearing from you,

Elena


If you send this note and haven’t heard back in another week, it’s OK to follow up again. Just follow these rules for being pleasantly persistent.