So you have compiled a stellar resume, submitted it to an employer that posted an entertainment job online that you were very much interested in…now what? Do you just hurry up and wait for your phone to ring for an interview?
Following up with the company after you apply is a critical step in the job search. Following up on entertainment job leads shows prospective employers your interest in the company and position — and gives you another chance to sell your qualifications. Plus, a call to the hiring manager can bring your name and resume to his/her attention and separate you from the hundreds of resumes still to be reviewed, while showing you understand the importance of timely follow-through.
But when is “too soon” to follow up, and how do you do it without being annoying or coming off as desperate? Here are a few tips:
1. Watch the “Close Date” – Note the close date on the job posting, and don’t call or follow up before the posting has even closed. A week (five business days) is a good wait time to follow up because it provides a good balance between giving the employer ample time to take first steps but not waiting so long that they’re likely to be deep in the hiring process already.
2. Have Good Timing – HR experts and career coaches generally agree that one week after applying is an appropriate amount of time to wait before you follow up. But practice prudence. Keep your call brief, to the point, and professional. Also pay attention to the person on the other end of the line. If they sound rushed or are giving you one-word answers, then don’t hold them up.
3. Know What to Say – Focus your follow up around your fit with the position and organization. If time allows, follow ups also are a good time to slip in a few questions for the employer. A few you might consider are:
a. Have any decisions been made yet?
b. Is it okay if I follow up in another week if I haven’t heard from you yet?
c. Is there anything I can tell you that perhaps wasn’t reflected in my resume?
4. Honor Company Requests – If the entertainment job posting stipulates “no calls”, then be sure to honor that request, or it could be viewed as a capital offense and lose you the opportunity for an interview. One of the things you want to show the employer is that you can follow directions. Consider a personal note or follow up letter instead.
When following up you also want to be persistent, but not constant. You can quickly cross the line to “annoying” when you call a couple times a week or every week, when the hiring manager has made it clear there is no news or nothing to tell you. Become annoying, and the employer may just make your resume (and your chances for landing the job) disappear.
5. Change the Medium – If you apply online for a position, consider following up the online application with a cover letter and resume sent to the hiring manager via postal mail. You will stand out over the other online applicants because few will also send a hard copy.
Put these tips to use and submit your resume for entertainment job postings today on 4EntertainmentJobs.com.
To Your Success,