You sent your resume to a company you’d love to interview with, but you haven’t heard back right away. What should you do next? You can either wait patiently, presuming the employer will contact you if they are interested, or you can choose to follow up with the hiring manager.

Following up in a courteous, professional way can make you stand out in a positive light, by showing the employer just how interested you are in the job. If you can get in touch with a contact person, reaching out can help get your resume a closer look.

Here are tips for the best way to follow up by phone or email.

How to Follow Up on Your Resume

If you don’t hear back from the hiring manager within two weeks, it may be worth following up. Employers and recruiters usually prefer follow-up by email. That way they have a record of the correspondence, and can respond at a convenient time.

If no email address is listed, you can try sending a paper letter or calling the company.

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