Is it okay to call the recruitment manager after sending your resume?

November 28, 2012 | Topics: , , | READ 0 COMMENTS & JOIN THE DISCUSSION

The good news is that it really is acceptable to follow up on your resume with the recruitment manager. A recent survey of recruitment managers it was found that 80% thought that it was okay to call up to two weeks after sending the resume. The results were encouraging, as many people think they shouldn’t call to find out if the recruitment manager has reviewed their resume, much less received it at all.

The best statistic in this entire survey was the fact that only 1% thought you shouldn’t call. So this should give you confidence that it really is acceptable to call after sending a resume. Now you know this, the next big question is when to call. Based on this survey information, it looks like you should wait at least a week; and then you are justified in calling.

So what do you want to accomplish with the call:

Make it brief. Keep your phone call brief, but be clear on why you have called. Recruitment managers are busy and want to get back to their work. Get to the point.

Introduce yourself and state your reason for calling. Your objective is to ensure they received your resume.
Resend your resume, if necessary. If they haven’t received your resume, assure them you will resend it. Also ask if there is a second person to copy it to in the event their spam folder has consumed it.

Ask when interviews will start. There is no harm in asking what their timeline is for starting interviews, just so you have some expectation of when you might hear from them. Keep in mind, the process never goes as fast as they think it will.

I know many job seekers feel that calling will make them seem like a pest. A pest is someone who keeps circling around and making too many contacts. Making one phone call will not make you look like a pest, but rather someone who is good at follow up and shows interest. It also helps to reinforce your brand through a good, professional phone call. So don’t be afraid to make those follow up calls – what have you got to lose? Be positive and just do it!

If you are seeking career assistance please contact Rosie at Positive Goals & Solutions today, for an exploration of what’s possible for you. Mobile: 0414 511 455

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