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Application sent- Follow up?

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by Kidders, Feb 22, 2011.

  1. Kidders

    Kidders New commenter

    Just wondering what the protocol is regarding following-up job applications? I sent an application on Friday (this week is obviously half-term), but should I be emailing/ phoning up to check they received my letter of application, or should I wait? Also if I should wait, how long should I wait?

    Sorry for the needy sounding post!
     
  2. Kidders

    Kidders New commenter

    Just wondering what the protocol is regarding following-up job applications? I sent an application on Friday (this week is obviously half-term), but should I be emailing/ phoning up to check they received my letter of application, or should I wait? Also if I should wait, how long should I wait?

    Sorry for the needy sounding post!
     
  3. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Hullo there and welcome to our Forum. Hope you read all the FAQs and the shortlisting advice inside the Welcome thread and found it useful in writing your application.
    Now to answer the question.
    No, you don't need to do anything at all.
    And, unfortunately, for the same reason that you need do nothing (they may have 200+ applications in some parts of the country for some jobs, and don't want to deal with 200 phonecalls . . .), they may well never tell you if you haven't been shortlisted.
    So in fact you should wait until after the date that they gave you for the interview (by which time you know that you haven't been shortlisted), or if they gave no date, then you should wait for ever.
    Sorry!
    It's like putting something into a black hole, I know.
    Best of luck!
    ____________________________________________________________
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    The TES Careers Advice service runs seminars and workshops, one-to-one careers and applications advice, one-to-one interview coaching and an application review service.
    I do Application and Interview one-to-ones, and also contribute to the Job Application Workshops. We look at application letters, executive summaries and interviews.
    The next Applications Workshop I'm doing that still has vacancies is on Friday 25th February. www.tesweekendworkshop15.eventbrite.com

    E-mail Julia on advice@tsleducation.com for more details of how to book a meeting with me personally.
    Look forward to seeing you!
     
  4. Kidders

    Kidders New commenter

    Oh how depressing! I understand there may be hundred of applications being sent, however a blanket email to all unsuccessful candidates is surely just courteous?! After all we have taken time to show our interest... idealistic i'm sure!
     
  5. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter


    Not as fast as you think to send out 100 or so e-mails - the applications don't automatically turn themselves into a mailing list . . . would have to be done individually and the poor School Secretary is answering the phone, filling in the absentee lists, collecting in money for the school trip and making coffee for the Head . . .
    Most unusual for any school to contact unsuccessful applicants nowadays, I'm afraid.
    ____________________________________________________________
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    The TES Careers Advice service runs seminars and workshops, one-to-one careers and applications advice, one-to-one interview coaching and an application review service.
    I do Application and Interview one-to-ones, and also contribute to the Job Application Workshops. We look at application letters, executive summaries and interviews.
    The next Applications Workshop I'm doing that still has vacancies is on Friday 25th February. www.tesweekendworkshop15.eventbrite.com

    E-mail Julia on advice@tsleducation.com for more details of how to book a meeting with me personally.
    Look forward to seeing you!
     
  6. Trendy Art

    Trendy Art Star commenter

    Put it this way Kidders - if you know you put in maximum effort and listened to Theo's advice, then you obviously are emotionally investing in a response, which is fuelling your 'neediness'. Desperation = lack of opportunities. I suggest start looking at another opportunity as well, as it is coming to the time when most jobs come out.
    The norm is if you don't hear after a school week or two after the deadline, then you didn't make the cut. Get feedback from someone you trust i.e. ex-tutor, school colleague etc, to reflect on why the application didn't work out if this is the case.
    Good luck!
     

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