Pushy Is Good When Job Seeking

February 3, 2006 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - A survey from Robert Half International shows that employers expect a little pushiness from job applicants.

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.