/ Asked by Paul
I've submitted an application on line and feel very much qualified for the position. The expiration date for the job posting has pasted yet the posting remains. Should I remain patient or ask for a status update on my application? I don't want to be unprofessional but I have a passion for employment with this company. Thanks
Answered by John, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Thursday, February 20, 2014
Sometimes due to the volume of positions companies are recruiting for at a specific time, in addition to the number of applicants in an individual posting, companies might be delayed in reaching out to candidates in regards to position status even if the expiration date on the posting has passed.. If this is a company and a position you are interested in, I don’t think it would hurt to send a follow up email if there is a contact provided with the posting. I would just make sure that you are keeping your email professional without sounding demanding or pushy. Reiterating your interest in the position will show the recruiter that you are interested in the opportunity.
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, February 21, 2014
If you have an e-mail address from the company to which you applied, it is perfectly acceptable to follow-up on the status of your application.  I would wait two weeks, however, from your application date to follow-up, as recruiters and hiring managers can be pulled in multiple directions.  You may also wish to return to the site at which you applied as many systems that companies use display your current status in the recruiting process.  If you cannot determine this on their web site, then I would recommend that your initial follow-up be via e-mail.  That e-mail should be very casual and relay the message that you are very excited about the opportunity for which you applies and were just curious about the next steps.  This reiterates your interest level without being too pushy.  If after two more weeks, you still have not heard something, a phone call follow-up with the same tone and message is perfectly fine. 
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Monday, February 24, 2014
If you have the contact information for the recruiter or even the hiring manager then a single, brief, professionally-crafted email reinforcing your interest and qualifications for the position is appropriate. This would function much like a cover letter. However resist the urge to ask for an update on the status of your application. You want to be energetic in your communications with the company without sounding impatient or overbearing. Sometimes the application system a company uses will allow the applicant to log back in to see the status of their application. Even though status categories are often broad it should at least give you confirmation that your application has been received.
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