/ Asked by Sheldon
I am about to reach out to a recruiter and ask about the status of my application. What are some topics I should highlight in the message? Like, what should the format of my message be? For example: three paragraphs (introduction, discuss why I would be great for the job, conclusion)? Thank you in advance for your time and commitment to this great site.
Answered by Dana, Hiring Expert at ManpowerGroup, on Thursday, June 11, 2015
I think the most important piece of advice would be to keep your communication short and sweet. I’d start by thanking them for being a great point of contact for the organization, and, if you’ve spoken to them personally before, I would also mention how much you appreciate the time they’ve spent talking to you.
Then I would state that you are still very much interested in the open role, and look forward to next steps in their process. Perhaps also add that with your background/education in “X” field, and your passion for “Y” industry, you feel confident that you would be successful in this “Z”role. Help remind the recruiter of your professionalism, your dedication, and your ongoing commitment to learning more about their company and the job.
Lastly, I would include a sentence that says something to the effect of “And if there is anything else you require at this time, or any additional information I can provide, please don’t hesitate to reach out. I will be glad to assist.” That’s a good, all-purpose closing statement when messaging with recruiters or related HR members.
Hope this helps!
Answered by Heather, Hiring Expert at The Hershey Company, on Thursday, June 11, 2015
I would just ask where you stand with the status of your application & when do you expect to hear about the next steps. Make sure you include the position you are inquiring about & maybe one sentence why you’d be a good fit.  Lastly, include where you stand on your feelings about the position. We like messages that are short, SWEET & to the point.
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, June 12, 2015
It is perfectly acceptable after a reasonable amount of time to check on the status of your application.  There are three general things that you should try to convey in such a message.  Each should be done with one or two sentences.  The first is that you understand and appreciate that the recruiter is busy.  This shows empathy and that you have a legitimate reason for your inquiry.  Second is to formally ask about your status in regards to the position for which you applied. Lastly, reiterate to the recruiter your high level of interest in the company and the job.  This is the most critical part of this message.  Ensuring that you mention your interest in the company demonstrates to the recruiter that you are not just searching for any job, you are searching for a career at their company.
Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on Wednesday, June 17, 2015
If you’re following up, you want to be sure to keep your message brief and to the point. I would try to stick to one paragraph max. Your recruiter is more than likely busy and will appreciate a short message. I would recommend including the job title or job number that you are following up on, along with the date you interviewed. You should reiterate your interest in the position and state that you are checking in on the status of your interviews and ask for an expected date for when you should hear back. I would wrap up with a thank you for their time throughout the interview process.
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