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Survey Suggests Job Seekers Should Follow Up Within Two Weeks Of Submitting Resume

MENLO PARK, CA -- It’s a common quandary for job seekers: Are you being pushy if you contact an employer after submitting a resume? A new survey suggests the opposite may be true. Eighty-two percent of executives polled said job seekers should contact hiring managers within two weeks of submitting application materials. Only 5 percent said professionals should refrain from communicating once a resume has been sent.  

 

The survey was developed by Robert Half, the world’s first and largest staffing service specializing in accounting, finance and information technology. It was conducted by an independent research firm and includes responses from 150 executives with the nation’s 1,000 largest companies.

 

Executives were asked, “How long should a job seeker wait to follow up with the hiring manager after submitting a resume?” Their responses:

 

One week or less ......................................       37%           

One to two weeks .....................................       45%

Two to three weeks ....................................        9%

Three weeks or more ..................................        3%

Don’t follow up .........................................         5%

Don’t know ................................................        1%

                    100%

 

Executives also were asked, “In your opinion, what is the best way for a job seeker to follow up with a hiring manager after submitting a resume?” The top three responses were via e-mail (38 percent), telephone (33 percent) and a handwritten note (23 percent).

 

“Employers value initiative and enthusiasm, and thoughtful post-resume communication underscores these traits,” said Max Messmer, chairman and CEO of Robert Half and author of Managing Your Career For Dummies® (John Wiley & Sons, Inc.). 

 

Messmer added that the method for contacting a prospective employer is less important than the message itself. “Whether communicating in writing or over the telephone, job seekers should demonstrate their knowledge of the company while reinforcing their qualifications and sincere interest in the position. This extra step can give professionals a significant advantage over less-proactive candidates.”

 

Robert Half has more than 330 locations throughout North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, and offers online job search services at www.roberthalf.com.

 


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