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jamzzy's avatar

How should I call a job back that i applied to?

Asked by jamzzy (885points) November 19th, 2009

Ive been job hunting and everyone tells me that after I apply I should call them….I get why I would need to call them (to seem interested in the job) but what should i say…kind of awkward.

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Laina's avatar

“Hello, this is name, I applied for a job not long ago and I was wondering if you have had an opportunity to read my application.”

erichw1504's avatar

Well, it probably epends on the type of job. But, I would just say something like “Hi, I’m so and so and I recently applied for a job. I was wondering if you’d had a change to look it over?”

missingbite's avatar

I would send a thank you card for the opportunity to interview. A quick note that you enjoyed the interview and look forward to hearing from them. If all you did was apply, I would probably do what @Laina and @erichw1504 said.

erichw1504's avatar

@erichw1504 depends*... and not the adult diapers.

mowens's avatar

In this day in age the companies have made it so awkward for you to seem interested in a job. You don’t even apply so much as you are processed. Barely anything requires any human touch.

erichw1504's avatar

@mowens Yea, they probably know almost everything about you right when you walk in the door, browse their website, or fill out their application with your personal information spread all over Facebook, Google, and Twitter.

Beta_Orionis's avatar

@jamzzy to add an annecdote to @mowens sentiments, my husband’s been applying to jobs, and most applications have been submitted via the internet. He too followed the “follow-up” tenet, but has stopped, because each time, their response has been a curt “We’ll call you.”

In another example, his cousin applied to a position, called the company, and while they were a little friendlier, he was still informed that there were 1000 other applicants for the position in question.

Processing is an apt and disheartening description. It’s so much easier for them to completely dismiss you if they never interact.

I feel that calling after applying in these situations is an outdated practice. You can do it, but steel yourself before doing so.

Good luck!

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