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Best Practices for a Follow Up Email After No Response

After finding the perfect job posting, you quickly get to work and craft the perfect cover letter and resume. You make sure that it’s polished before sending it in. Then, the waiting game begins. You wait over a week and never get a response. Now what? Can you send a follow up email after no response?

Although many people worry that they’ll bother the hiring managers, a follow up email can be just the ticket to stand out from the crowd and open a dialogue. As you write your follow up email after no response, here are 3 steps that you should take:

1. State Your Reason for Communicating

Start your email by stating your reason for writing. Let them know what position you applied for in their company. You could state how you applied with them if you used a third-party site to send your application. Then, let them know that you’re interested in the position and working for their company.

2. Ask for the Next Step in the Process

Ask them if the position is still available. If it is, you could ask about when they’re hoping to make a decision in regard to calling people in for an interview. Let them know that you would be very interested in meeting them for an interview, too.

3. Provide More Information

It may be a good idea to attach your cover letter and resume again. This makes it easy for them to scan through your information without having to dig through the pile of resumes to locate yours. If you have other information or documentation that you could attach, this would be a good time to do so. For example, if you work as a video editor, you could attach a link to your reel or latest project that you completed.

Also, be sure to include your contact information. Let them know what the best phone number would be to reach you.

End your follow up email with a closing and your digital signature. Before sending it out, you should also write a detailed subject line that expresses your reason for writing, such as the job title. Aim to keep your email short, to the point, and error-free.

Remember that your email will represent you, telling the hiring manager about you and the kind of employee that you will be. If you send a follow up email after no response, make sure that it is a good representation of you and the type of work that you will do. Best of luck!

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