You've networked and got the contact information for the hiring manager at your dream company. You've sent her your resume. Now what? Follow these three tips for following up to your resume:
1. Wait between one and two weeks after you've submitted your resume. Also, avoid sending your follow-up on a Monday or on a Friday afternoon - people are usually busy on Mondays, and they may leave the office early on Fridays.
2. Email. Unless you've built a strong connection with the hiring manager during your networking, err on the side of following up via email. Phone calls can sometimes feel intrusive to the hiring manager. An email allows them to get back to you on their own time, and it gives them time to jog their memory on who you are.
Bonus tip: When writing your follow-up email, add some value. Sure, you may just want to ask, "Have you read my resume yet?", but this is not the way to go. Start with a quick reminder of when you sent your resume. Then, briefly reiterate what skills you'd bring to the table and how they'd match the position. What sets you apart from other candidates? How can you help solve a challenge the team is facing? Now's also the time to ask about the next steps in the recruiting process. About.com has some sample follow-up email formats.
3. Wait for a response. If you have not received a response to your email after one week, unfortunately you just have to let the job go and move on.
Seems like a lot of waiting, right? Well, it can be, but be patient; it's important to respect the hiring manager's time.
Tell us: What other guidelines do you follow when following up to your resume?