Resume Follow Up Call
You have sent your resume in response to a particular job advertisement and you are interested in the job, but you are not sure how to follow up, what to say, or even when to follow up.
SITUATION: RESUME FOLLOW UP CALL
Use this script to follow up after sending a resume to see if interviews are being scheduled.
MAKE THE CALL
Be prepared to leave a voicemail message if you don’t reach the person directly. Be sure to leave a phone number, but know that you may not get a callback. If you leave a voicemail, follow up 2-3 days later with an email.
Hi! My name is (your name).
[If you have a mutual connection or were referred to the position by someone specific, mention it. For example: “Jane Jones suggested that I speak with you.” People are more likely to take the time to talk to you if you mention a mutual friend or acquaintance, so always mention the common connection.]
Do you have a minute?
[If no: “When would be a good time for me to call back?”]
I submitted (my resume/an application) for the position of (name of job) on (date).
(Provide a one- or two-sentence summary of your qualifications and what you can offer to the company in this role.)
I wanted to make sure you had everything you need from me to consider me as a candidate for this position. And I wanted to ask if you have a date when you expect to start interviewing for this role.
[If yes: Thank you. I appreciate the opportunity to talk with you today.]
[If no: Is it okay if I check back with you in a (timeframe – for example, a week)?”
HOW IT MIGHT SOUND:
You: Hi! My name is Jim Adams. Our mutual friend, Jane Jones, suggested that I speak with you. Do you have a minute to talk right now?
Hiring Manager: Yes, but I have another call in 5 minutes, so I’ll have to make it quick.
You: I understand. This will only take a minute or two. I submitted my resume for the Public Relations Specialist role last Tuesday. I’m currently working for Acme PR and, as you require, I have 10 years of experience in pitching, account management, and media relations. I wanted to make sure you had everything you need from me to consider me as a candidate for this position. And I wondered if you have a date when you expect to start interviewing for this role.
Hiring Manager: No, we’re still accepting applications at this time. If you submitted your application online, I’m sure I have it, but if you want to send your resume to my email, you can do that too. My email is KarenSampson@macpr.com.
You: Ok. Would it be okay if I also check back with you again at the end of next week?
Hiring Manager: Sure.
You: Thank you, I’ll check back in on the 15th then and I’ll email you my resume. Thanks for the opportunity to talk with you today.
Mandy Fard is a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW, CMRW) and Recruiter with decades of experience in assisting job seekers, working directly with employers in multiple industries, and writing proven-effective resumes.