2 Sides to Every Job Application: Important Things That Employers and Jobseekers Need to Know

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By MyCareersFuture.gov.sg Posted 6mth(s) ago Reading Time: About 5 minutes


Employers and job applicants: In many ways, they are the two sides of the same coin. Learn what are some of the most frequently asked questions that both sides have and discover the relevant steps that both should take after a job interview.

The Employee Side of the Coin

Imagine this: A job applicant has sent his resume to a hiring company. To him, he seems like the perfect fit. However, there’s been no response. How could this be? Why is this happening?

Let’s find out the reasons and try to uncover the correct way to approach the various scenarios.

Why hasn’t anyone contacted me?

There are a number of reasons why, almost all of which are out of your control, which may make it extremely frustrating for many job applicants.

When a company does not contact you, it may be because:

  • The job has been filled
  • They are still interviewing people
  • Your email might be in a spam folder (so they’ve not even received your application)
  • Management approval has not been granted (they might be on leave)
  • You didn’t follow the instructions
  • You might just not be the right fit
  • You’re not following up

The hiring process takes time and you may not hear back from the potential employers right away (or at all).

Do not be disgruntled if you do not receive a reply, and most importantly do not take it personally! A survey by Randstad US found that it takes jobseekers an average of five months to be hired and, unsurprisingly, 82% called the process a “stressful experience”.

How long should I wait before writing a follow up email?

Approximately 1 to 2 weeks.

More than 300 human resource managers were surveyed by staffing firm Accountemps and about 36% said that one to two weeks after resume submission is the best time for applicants to follow up.

And according to Forbes, “Job candidates frequently make one big mistake after an application/interview: Idly waiting for the employer to call with good or bad news.”

What should I include in the follow up email?

In addition to good manners, you’d want your email to be concise, clear and filled with important details like:

  • A clear subject headline
  • The date that you submitted your job application
  • Whether or not the application received
  • The approximate time frame for recruiting process
  • To ask if any additional information is required
  • Remind why you’re interested in the position
  • Most importantly, be courteous!
  • And always keep it short
When should I give up and move on?

As the old saying goes: “Don’t put all your eggs into one basket”.

Many professional recruiters have said that it is always prudent to start working on the next job application immediately after sending out one. But if you’ve not heard back from the company at least a month after your job application AND follow up email, it may be time to move on.

In Singapore, it takes approximately 25.4 days to hire according to company review website glassdoor.

What else can I do?

Start by taking positive and proactive steps, including:

  • Updating your resume
  • Acquiring new skill
  • Getting help from a professional career coach
  • Finding the right job using your skills

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