Following Up

After Applying or Making an Initial Contact

If you really want to increase your chances of hearing back on positions you applied for, you have to follow up. If you are hoping to build a better relationship with that person you met at a networking event, you have to follow up. Whether that sounds easy or intimidating, it's probably the most important part of your search process. You have to follow up!

Following up shows two things to a potential employer:
1) You are more interested than the other candidates who are not following up.
2) You are taking the initiative to follow up instead of waiting/hoping for a phone call or email.

Employers appreciate this.  There is a finesse to following up with employers and new connections you make.  You do not want to come off as too aggressive, but you also want to confidently make your intentions known.  The articles below can help prepare you for following up.

“Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.”

-Thomas Edison

Following Up Tips and Tricks

  • Lead off with a thank you, but focus on specifics from the conversation.
  • Keep it brief. 3-5 sentences.
  • If you were given a contact name of someone else and you connect with that new person, close the loop by thanking the person who initially made the introduction/referral.
  • Ask additional questions, which can help keep the door open for continued dialogue.
  • Connect on LinkedIn.
  • Ask if there’s someone else within their network that you could be connected with, as a way to keep the door open.

Look up recruiters and hiring personnel

The websites below can give you access to email addresses at companies you want to follow up with.  These services typically charge a fee, but will give you a limited amount of free searches to get you started.

Following up with recruiters on Linkedin

Sometimes it is hard to find the right person to follow up with at an employer you have submitted your resume to. This is where LinkedIn becomes a big help. You can find recruiters or hiring professionals who work at your target company and send them a follow-up message after you apply. As in all types of follow-up there is a proper approach to take in order to generate a response.

Send a follow-up message

Connect with UIC Alumni on LinkedIn

You will not always be able to connect with recruiters or hiring personnel from the company you applied to.  Thankfully, UIC has a network of 150,000 alumni profiles on LinkedIn. Some of these alumni may work at organizations where you would like to become an intern or full-time employee. UIC alumni can be a great way to network your way into a company, before a job is even posted.

Connect with UIC Alumni