Email Template: Job Follow Up Email After Application

By Robert Williams

If the job you just applied to got a lot of applications, a follow up email after application is the best thing you can do to improve your chances of landing the gig.  Your job application is one of many. But your follow up after your application is one of few.  Here are the stats:

Follow up after applications - the stats say so

Hiring managers get a lot of of applications. So many, in fact, that they will likely not review all of them. That means your awesome application is dead on arrival… unless you send a follow up email after application. So few people do it that it’s the single most important action you can take on a job you want.

When to send your job follow up email

Most often, following up exactly one week after you apply is your best option. It’s long enough that you’ve given the hiring manager time to review but not so long that they will have made the decision already. This is just the first email you’re going to be sending. Here’s what a complete follow up email sequence looks like:

What should you say in your follow up?

It depends on the situation but the most common scenario is you don’t get a response. You send your application and … radio silence. Here’s what to do in this case to double your chances of hearing back:

A simple follow up email sample sequence for you

Notice that this isn’t simply a single follow up email, it’s a sequence that continues to follow up every 7-10 days until you get a response. After the fourth follow up without a response, the next step is to close the loop. At that point you can rest assured knowing you followed up for over a month without hearing back.

What’s next?

The next most common scenario is that you will get a response, but they won’t give you a solid answer. Something like:

Hi, Thanks for your interest. We’re reviewing applications currently.

Success! You’ve gotten a reply. It’s time to move this person into your “in-conversation” stage. You can do this in a CRM like Pipedrive shown below. I strongly recommend using a CRM, especially if you’re already working full-time because it will cut down on the amount of time it take to manage the application process.

Moving a lead in Pipedrive changes the follow up email strategy

Moving a lead in Pipedrive changes the follow up email strategy

Why? Because these conversations are much more likely to land you the job – and should therefore be treated differently altogether. Putting them in a new “in conversation” stage means they get followed up with more often. This group should take priority. In fact, you should follow up every 3-5 days with jobs in this stage. The goal is no longer just getting a reply. You want them to:

  • Schedule a call with you.
  • Or give you a solid “no” or “not right now.”

While you want an answer, you don’t want to rush the conversation. Don’t say things like “I can start tomorrow,” or “let’s schedule a call” right away. Instead, ask questions, get more information, and build a relationship slowly. Here’s an example of an email you can use in this stage:

Simple follow up email sample with a single ask

Example of simple follow up email with a single ask

A few more ideas for you:

  • Ask what you will be working on to determine if it’s something in your wheelhouse.
  • Ask what their timeline looks like so you know if it matches your availability (or you can schedule a follow up later).
  • Identify the main problem they need tackled so you know how to approach future emails.
  • Ask what they’re currently struggling with or love about their business – again getting to know their business and tune your future emails.
  • Find out how much they’re looking to pay – make sure the budget is at least in the ball park.

Rushing through these won’t help you, so take your time. Have a plan but don’t be afraid to ask for more information that you need. Keep it to one yes/no ask per email. And keep your emails short. Check out the download below for word-for-word scripts that will win you more jobs and clients in less time.

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