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What to Do After Filling Out a Job Application

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Applying for a job is one of the first challenging tasks that people face once they enter adulthood. Finding a potential job and filling out the application is just the first step in a lengthy process to securing employment. Following up on your application is important, as it keeps you in touch with prospective employers and helps to keep your name in the minds of the hiring staff.


Job applications are an essential part of finding employment. Employers want to see how interested you are in working for them, and following up on applications shows your level of interest and dedication in a particular position. Following up with an employer indicates that you are truly interested in working for them and makes your name known to those in charge of hiring. Staying visible in a crowded job market is vital to success.


Checking on the status of a job application helps you to stay informed and helps the employer to know that you really want the job. The best time to follow up on your application is approximately a week after applying. You can call, email or follow up in person, depending on the preferences of the employer. Keeping in contact with potential employers and discussing the job and your status regarding the position helps to keep you up to date and keeps the employer tuned into you.

Time Frame

The ideal time to follow up on your application is three days to a week after the completion of the paperwork. This gives the employer time to review your qualifications and contact your references. If there is a closing date for the position, wait for approximately a week after the closing date to allow for review of all pertinent data. When you speak with the hiring manager, ask what the status of the position is and how long it will be until they make a final decision.


Staying in contact with hiring officials is vital, as it shows your intensity and dedication to the position and to the employer. Speaking with hiring managers lets you know whether or not you need to dedicate any more time to a particular position, or if you should invest your time elsewhere. When you fill out an application, be sure that you get the name of the person in charge of hiring so you have a contact point to follow up with.


Do not contact the employer repeatedly unless you're instructed to. You want to seem in interested in the position, but calling too often will make you seem desperate. Take the position itself into consideration when contacting someone for information. If the position is a night shift at a hospital, for example, trying to contact someone early in the morning may not have successful results. Never be rude or get upset while following up on an application, even if you are rejected for the job. Many employers will keep your information on record and contact you when there are future positions available.


Louise Lawson has been a published author and editor for more than 10 years. Lawson specializes in pet and food-related articles, utilizing her 15 years as a sous chef and as a dog breeder, handler and trainer to produce pieces for online and print publications.