If we want ultimately to get the job, though, we have to find a way. Question is, how?
Besides perfecting our resumes and doing well during the interview, there’s a part that we often overlook: the follow up email.
We can actually use follow up emails after interviews, after submitting an application, after sending a resume, and after any step in the job search process in order to emphasize our value to employers.
While many people do send these emails, most don’t make the most of this valuable email real estate.
The following follow up email templates are designed to to help you stand out and land your dream job. Want to understand how to craft follow up emails a bit more before jumping to the templates? Review our comprehensive guide first and then scroll below to find:
First things first: the subject line.
Our subject lines are what ultimately get our emails opened. And in case you’re stumped on how to write that subject line, we put together a list of the most effective subject lines for follow up emails after an interview or a job application that we've seen:
If you’ve ever been to a job fair, you’ve seen the swarms of people in attendance. Everyone is trying to make a lasting impression. Handing in a paper resume can get lost in the piles of others. So how can we actually stand out from the crowd?
Simple: with a follow up email that further conveys our value to the recruiter.
Excited to explore opportunities with [Company Name]
Contacting a potential employer through Twitter, LinkedIn, Google Plus, or some other form of social media has become a great strategy for establishing first contact and general familiarity before or after submitting a job application.
Application for _____ position at [Company Name]
Hi First Name,
My name is Your Name, I reached out to you earlier today on Twitter. I found the job listing for Company Name and had to get in touch with you.
I also went through Piece of Company’s Content and recently read Hiring Manager’s Content about topic. It's great. I believe I would be a great addition to your team for the following reasons:
1. I'm always learning, whether it be through books or articles (currently reading [Book Title] by [Author]).
2. I focus on Your Unique Value.
3. The thought of helping Company accomplish its goals gets me excited.
Attached is my resume and cover letter explaining why I would be a great addition to your team (it's much easier to read than an email). I've also included Example Work Samples Related To Your Field in case you wanted to review my work.
Looking forward to hearing from you, First Name!
To demonstrate that we care about the position, the product, and the company, we can add a personal touch to our follow up email on an application.
Excited about [Company Name]'s future
Phone interview? Complete. Time to sit and wait to hear from the team, right?
Recruiters often handle multiple phone screens a day. It’s important to follow up on our conversation with an email re-emphasizing the main talking points with specific details. It’s time to show them why we should continue in the hiring process.
Thanks for your time today!
We’re getting closer to hearing the final answer, but to increase our chances of getting an offer, let’s not lose sight of the continued importance of the follow up.
Now, we should re-emphasize why we believe we’re a great candidate for this particular role at this specific company and reinforce points that we brought up during the interview. Our potential employer is probably interviewing a pool of candidates, so it’s important to find a way to stand out.
Thank you, [Name]!
Hi First Name,
Thank you so much for taking the time to talk yesterday. It was a pleasure to learn even more about Your Company and how you approach Industry with innovative strategy. I’m very excited about the opportunity to explore a potential career with the specific team.
I couldn’t agree more with your philosophy on surrounding yourself with incredible people specific detail discussed during interview. For me, Company Name, is about developing meaningful relationships company value. I think it’s rare to find a company whose asset truly reflect its values and mission so closely.
Again, I appreciate the opportunity to have shared my background and interest in position with you. I think my experience with industry, skill, or product aligns perfectly with what your team is looking for, and I hope to prove that. I thought I would share a few links to projects that I mentioned during our conversation as well insert hyperlinks or attachments. Thank you, and I hope we’ll be in touch soon!
Got invited back for a second interview? We know the drill. One approach below.
Okay, we sent the thank you follow up email immediately after our last interview, waiting in trepidation for a response. Now it’s been a few weeks ... and still nothing.
We can now try sending this follow up email after no response template to remind the employer that we’re still interested in the position, but also to gently acknowledge that we can’t wait forever.
I did it! I got the job! I can’t wait to call my mom and tell her the good news.
Wait, hold the phone ... I’m still interviewing with two other companies. Now I have to make an important decision: immediately accept the offer or ask for an extension to follow through with my existing interview processes. Here is an email template for the latter.
Extension on my offer?
Thank you for the opportunity
Excited to join the team!
This web app sends us updates whenever our connections are mentioned in the news. Use these mentions to send meaningful follow ups to recruiters and employers.
Similarly, the company’s recent updates feed helps us find industry news, marketing campaigns, events, blog posts, or new products to reference in the body of our emails to spur real conversations.
With this tool, we get real-time updates on our contact, including their Twitter feed and links to various social media pages. We can see when they opened our emails or attachments, and even when they clicked on our links.
We've also got a tool that helps you optimize your approach to email. You can track the performance of given email templates, save them, and automate follow ups.
Another way to start automating follow ups is to allow your interviewers or interviewees to schedule a meeting. This reduces all the unnecessary back-and-forth that can happen with arranging a suitable time.
Landing the job is about distinguishing ourselves from every other candidate.
We can do this in many ways: articulating ourselves well, an outstanding resume, relevant experience, a personal connection, and meaningful follow up emails that convey our value and passion.