Hiring managers get a lot of resumes. They receive so many resumes that sometimes the job is filled before they have had a chance to go through most of them. They are on a deadline to get the job filled, and by the time they have read over all one thousand resume they have received, their deadline will have passed long ago.
Getting Your Resume Noticed
There is no way to know if your resume has been read. What you can do is ensure that it is reviewed. One of the best ways to ensure that the hiring manager looks at your resume is to follow up with them after a week or two have passed.
Resume follow ups look a lot like cover letters. They re-assert your interest in the position, discuss why you are qualified, and request that they check your resume to see if you are a good fit. They are an effective way to make sure your resume is at least reviewed, and hopefully you will receive notice about if you are under consideration for the position.
Resume Follow Up Letter
Resume follow up letters should be formatted like cover letters. Here is an example of what a resume follow up should look like.
Dear [Name of Hiring Manager],
On [Date], I sent in my resume for consideration for the [position] at your company, listed on [Website Name]. I was wondering if you have had an opportunity to review my resume and cover letter and if there was anything else you would like to see in order to improve my candidacy.
As you can see, I have been working in [field] for over 10 years. During that time I have reached a number of achievements including:
- Achievement one
- Achievement two
- Achievement three
I am confident that I am a great fit, both for the position and with the organization, and I would love an opportunity to show you why I believe I can succeed in the role. I am available to schedule a meeting at any time. My resume is attached for reference.
If the company hasn’t called you, chances are you are either not in the running for the position, or they are way behind going through resumes. This type of letter will help ensure you get greater consideration and may help speed up the process. It is a good way to ensure that the company takes the time to consider your candidacy.
Take Away Tips
- Follow up with resumes that have received no responses.
- Format your follow up as you would a cover letter.
- Be professional, positive, and state your case again.