So, you reached out to a VA Careers recruiter about a job opportunity and asked them to review your resume — smart move! But now it’s been a few days and you haven’t heard back. What’s a job seeker to do?
No need to worry. There are many reasons why a recruiter hasn’t reached out yet. Sometimes, there isn’t much to report — the application is still making its way to the proper personnel. Other times, the recruiter is sifting through many resumes, making it hard to respond to all applicants immediately.
Still, sending a follow-up email to a recruiter can be an effective way to stand out from the crowd. Here are five times when you can make a connection:
Directly following a meeting or interview.
Capitalize on a strong interview by sending the recruiter an email within a few hours. Between a recruiter’s phone screenings, interviews and travel time, sending an email makes it more convenient for them to respond quickly, and it documents the process.
Pro tip: When you’re following up, make sure your message is short and includes your contact info. Along with thanking the recruiter for their time, you can share information you might’ve forgotten during your conversation or wanted to elaborate on.
After you’ve connected on LinkedIn.
If you’ve recently reached out to a recruiter on LinkedIn (or vice versa), sharing an industry article on the job you’re seeking or commenting on a shared interest that came up during your conversation can help keep your name and resume at the forefront.
When you haven’t heard back.
Busy weeks happen to the best of us! But no matter the reason, if a recruiter said they’d be in touch by a date that has now passed, feel free to send a follow-up email. If no specific day or time was mentioned, waiting a week or two to drop them a line is a good rule of thumb.
When you receive good news.
You got the job! A message thanking the recruiter for their support in your job search is the type of follow up they love to receive.
When you don’t receive good news.
This might be the toughest message to send, but it’s a great opportunity to ask for feedback while demonstrating that you can handle rejection with grace. After all, a new opportunity could be right around the corner.
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