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So You Applied for a Job. Now What?

What you do after hitting "apply" is just as important as the materials you submitted.

This is it! You found the perfect job. After carefully tailoring your resume and cover letter, you submitted your application. Congratulations!

But as tempting as it may be to sit back, relax and wait for a phone call, there's still plenty of work to do. Learn how to make the most of your job application follow up.


To put yourself in the best possible position to land an interview, you'll want a contact in the company. The best contacts are recruiters. Sometimes, this information is easy to find, but it may take some digging. Here are a few places to look:

  • Company website: Most websites have a "Contact us" section that may include the name of the recruiter or hiring manager. This information could also be found on a "Jobs" or "Careers" page.
  • Company social pages: Check out the company's Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter accounts to see if there is any contact information included.
  • Personal LinkedIn accounts: Search the name of the company on LinkedIn to get a list of current and former employees.
  • Word-of-mouth referral: Spread the word! You never know if you have a contact who knows someone who works for the company.

Once you've found the contact information you need, reach out to the recruiter to let them know you've applied. You may want to include a short summary in your message that sums up your qualifications and be sure to mention why you think you're a good match for the company.


You don't want to apply to the same position twice. It's a waste of time and will reflect poorly on your organizational skills if the hiring manager notices. That's why it's a good idea to keep track of your applications.

Create a spreadsheet that includes all the vital information about each job you've applied to. Be sure to include whether or not you've heard back from each company, how often you've contacted them and what information you've discussed. This will help you follow up in a timely fashion while ensuring you don't accidentally re-apply to the same job.


You may think you're the perfect fit for the job, but sometimes employers don't see it that way. No matter how perfectly your qualifications match up, you still might not make it to the interview stage. It's a good idea to continue applying to other positions until you have something set in stone.

If you're not getting any responses, take a look at your resume and cover letter. Are they tailored enough? Are they including the right keywords? Are the set up in a way that's easy for employers to read? Consider making some changes before applying to the next position and see if you get a better response.

Applying is just the beginning, so don't get complacent. Instead, stay active and set yourself up for success with a thorough job application follow up.


Hello Walter, we no longer publish a print version of ADVANCE for NPs & PAs. We provide the same content, including peer-reviewed articles, blogs and columns on the website only now. Thanks for your interest!

Michelle Perron,  EditorAugust 18, 2014
King of Prussia, PA

The magazine is a great tool for the medical professional. However, I do not see the "old " PA magazine. What happened? I am not an NP. I am a Physician Associate. Thank you.

Walter Zavala

Walter X. Zavala-SalasAugust 14, 2014
Bronx, NY


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