Eighty-two percent of executives polled said those seeking a job should contact hiring managers within two weeks of submitting their resumes, according to a press release on the survey results. Only 5% of survey respondents said applicants should refrain from following up.
When the executives were asked, “How long should a job seeker wait to follow up with the hiring manager after submitting a resume?”, their responses were:
- One week or less – 37%
- One to two weeks – 45%
- Two to three weeks – 9%
- Three weeks or more – 3%
- Don’t follow up – 5%
- Don’t know – 1%
The top three methods chosen by the respondents for following up were email (38%), telephone (33%), and a handwritten note (23%).
Employers value initiative and enthusiasm, and thoughtful post-resume communication underscores these traits,” said Max Messmer, chairman and CEO of Robert Half International Inc, in the news release.