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Asked by Tanya on February 28, 2017

I applied for a job and haven’t heard anything, should I contact the company to ask about the status of my application?

Answered by Beamer, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on March 1, 2017

Hello,
There is nothing wrong with following up with a company on an application status. If done the right way, it can help shine a spotlight on your application that might get you the right kind of attention and, at the very least, hopefully get you a definitive answer. If you choose to reach out, keep it brief, convey your excitement about the company, and attach your updated resume if possible.
Good luck!

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Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on March 1, 2017

I would echo Beamer's feedback - there is nothing wrong with following up on the status of your application as long as it is done in the appropriate manner. For starters, do not reach out to the CEO, CHRO or executive leaders of the company. They are not going to be the appropriate contacts to check the status of your application. I would attempt to find an email address or phone number for the company's recruiting department. They would be able to provide you with the best answer. Keep your outreach brief and to the point. If done in a professional manner, this could help your application stand out and a recruiter may take a second look at it if it was missed originally.
Also, it is very common for emails to go to your spam folder. I would first recommend checking your spam folder to see if you received any communication from the company before attempting to contact someone.
Best wishes in your job search!

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Answered by Allegra, Hiring Expert at Cigna, on March 2, 2017

The recruiting process can definitely feel long and drawn out for candidates waiting to hear back from a potential employer, and we understand! In most cases, recruiters review all applicants at the same time to identify those whose experience and qualifications best match the position. The timeline can truly vary based on the role, but recruiters strive to provide as timely a response as possible, If it's been several weeks and you haven't heard back, go ahead and reach out to the recruiter. There is nothing wrong with being proactive!

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Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at The Hershey Company, on March 2, 2017

If you have applied to a position and it has been a few weeks since you have heard back it's perfectly fine to reach and check on your status of your application. This will show that you are interested in the position and being proactive. Some times it can take a bit to hear back on your application due to the number of applicants and screening process. If you decide to reach out it's best to send an email and keep short and brief. Let them know you are interest and excited about the opportunity. This could also help you stand out and have your application looked at faster. Best of luck! 

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Answered by Rachael, Hiring Expert at Merck & Co., Inc., on March 3, 2017

Great question! I know what it can be like on both ends, as a recruiter, but also as the candidate looking for a job. Before I started working at Merck, I was working with various staffing agencies in getting my resume submitted to companies. Sometimes the recruiter would never respond back, even after I would follow up, so I assumed they just weren’t interested in my background, and would invest my efforts with a different job prospect. However, if you are not working with a staffing agency, you may have more control in being able to contact the company directly. You could potentially connect with the hiring managers on LinkedIn, and remind them that you are still very interested in the position. With recruiters and managers being so busy, sometimes positions go on hold, so by following up periodically, you are staying fresh in their mind. As a candidate, it’s important to show that you are motivated and enthusiastic about the job, but there seems to be a fine line between being persistent and being considered bothersome to some recruiters. This can vary between recruiters, as some love it when candidates follow up consistently, while others may prefer to contact you when the hiring manager is ready to move to the next step. After the recruiter has provided confirmation of your resume submission, that is your chance to ask what the next steps are, and when you should expect to hear back. If you haven’t heard back from the recruiter in the timeline he/she provided, then I would say go ahead and send a follow up email. You can also ask if you’re still being considered for the role, and if not, you can certainly ask for feedback as to why, and then use this information to guide you in your career development.

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