Q. Do follow-up calls after submitting a resume/job application really make a difference to employers?

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I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter and. I've got a question from someone that I
think was fabulous. I'm surprised I haven't dealt with this before but I
haven't. "Do follow up calls after submitting a resume or application make
a difference," is the question for someone and let me kind of walk you through what
it's like to receive a resume or application because I used to work in
recruiting. Now, I coach people. I help people navigate the job search, navigate
work, hiring, job search, being a more effective manager, being more effective
in the workplace. So this is a job search question and the answer is the only
thing it's really useful for is making sure they actually solve the resume or
saw the application. Let me explain why.. When you email a resume. You are one of
probably hundreds that they're looking at. If you're uploading resumes, the
system is basically filtering it. You normally will get a confirmation that
we've received your resume and someone will be in contact. So, the receiving part
isn't at issue with an applicant tracking system. The actual looking at the resume is.
And, sometimes, they'll never look at it your resume gets filtered out by their
filters. So let's just deal with emails first and say, if you follow up to say
"hey did you receive my resume," of course, they received your resume
unless you got a bounce-back. You know the answer to the question. But if you say
"you know, I submitted a resume I just want to make sure you received it, saw it,
if not when you might have a chance to look at it. I do think I fit the role
nicely." You walk through two or three different points and you don't act like
a jerk doing it ten minutes after you submitted the resume. "Hey, did you get my
resume," you know, then, you're just,. I believe the term is PITA-- pain in the
. . . rear. So I'll just simply say that way you're
just annoying. If you wait a day or so and you haven't heard anything, a quick
message to them or a quick call that says, "I submit a resume (on Tuesday, for
example, today's Thursday) hadn't heard anything, just want to make sure you
received it because I didn't get a bounce back but just wanted to see if
you might have had a chance to review it. If not, when you might and you would
probably get a response from them. If this is a resume upload, you can do much the
same thing but often, like I said, systems are used to filter people out to
save the recruiter time. It doesn't mean they've looked at your resume so you
might say something along the lines of, "Just want to confirm . . . I've
uploaded the resume. I want to see if I made through the system's filters and
whether you might have had a chance to look at it" is more reasonable, realistic
practical and, more importantly, accurate.. So, the expected major effect from it--
absolutely not. If you think you can get them on the phone and sell them hard, you
are sadly mistaken. All you can really do is, again, they've received it
because it would have bounced and just see when they might have a chance to
look at it. Not a big whoop and not a big benefit. I hope you found this helpful.
and I'll also say, there were times I missed them with resumes. So the follow up is useful but
don't expect a lot from it other than "oh, that's an interesting one!" Hope you have
a great day. I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. Visit my website TheBigGameHunter.us
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fine. Obviously, I'm going to charge for coaching. Have a great day and take care!


JeffAltman, The Big Game Hunter
JeffAltman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching, all as well as executive job search coaching, job coaching, and interview coaching. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1900 episodes, and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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