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Job hunting – playing the waiting game

Job hunting – playing the waiting game

You have sent out 10 applications for jobs, it’s been a week and you’ve heard back from only one.  How long should you wait?  When should you follow up and what is the best way to do this?

Be proactive

If you really want the position and want to work for the company tell them!

After you have applied, you can follow up with an email or phone call.  Reiterate your interest in the role and the company.  Politely ask where they are at with the application process and offer to provide any further information they may need. 

If you have had an interview with the company, follow up with a thank you email, again reminding them how interested in the role you are and how you are looking forward to hearing from them.  If they haven’t already advised you when to expect an update on the position from them, this is the ideal time to ask.

Be patient

There is a difference between a follow up email/call and contacting the company daily for an update.  Your over-eagerness may backfire and result in you looking desperate for the role and being an annoyance to the prospective employer.

Have a plan

If the position is one you have set your heart on, you may like to follow up with a second email or call in a timely manner. Keep track of your jobs and when you have followed up.  If you still don’t hear back after the second attempt it may be time to move on.

Be prompt

If you do receive communication from the prospective employer, do respond in a timely manner, normally immediately or within 24 hours.  If you are going to be away at any stage leave an out of office message advising when you will be checking your messages.

If you are going to be away you can leave a message advising of this, re-iterating again your interest in the position and adding should any developments occur with regards to this position you can be contacted on…adding the most suitable method of communication.

Be gracious

In all communications be polite and courteous.  A week may seem like a long time when you are waiting, but for the employer it can quickly fly by with other priorities and business needs impacting on recruitment timelines.

Whilst it can be frustrating, try not to let it show.  You may never learn the outcome of the vacancy you applied for, however, if the company is on your career radar, consider your actions as they may impact on future opportunities.

Talk to PN Personnel

As Recruitment Specialists we are always at the other end of the phone, and contactable.  We will be happy to discuss vacancies with you to see if they are a suitable match for your skills and career aspirations.  Throughout the application process we will keep you up to date with progress. We communicate all feedback with you, both the positive and constructive.

We are the link in the recruitment relationship between yourself and the employer.  We not only will endorse your abilities and experience, but can provide greater insight for an employer beyond what is written on paper, particularly with regards to your suitability for the vacancy.

If you are looking, keep an eye on our current vacancies on our website and feel free to contact us, we will respond to you!


(06) 356 6091 Fax: (06) 356 6071

53 Princess Street, Palmerston North 4410
PO Box 594, Palmerston North 4440


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