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Job Opps: How Long To Wait!?


Hey again,

So this is a question about job opps. I applied for something several weeks ago and within  a few days there was a response (I had to answer some questions and send some pics of stuff) I sent back my email within like 2 days and since then I have heard nothing!

I am in my 20s which means I obsess over stuff! Right now I am crazy analyzing why the delay in response and I know it could be that they are just not interested anymore....but.........don't I at least deserve a response saying that!?

How much longer should I wait to send a follow up email or phone this guy!? Or do I just let it alone?
Jul 23, 2011 @ 10:27 am

9 Replies


You have to just keep going!

I've applied for so many positions that I have never heard back from! Sometimes this stuff happens and you just have to keep applying. In the past, I applied for a certain job that I really wanted and I didn't get it the first time so I applied for the next round and the next and so on...

My point is that you need to take it easy and relax! Always give at least a week for them to respond and after that feel free to follow up. It's never nice to get too intense but feel free to give a reminder because people are busy and they might need one. Other than that, I say, don't give up, keep going and apply for more things and jobs!
Jul 24, 2011 @ 11:42 am

That's how it is sadly

Like what alexjc said, I have also applied for many jobs that I never heard from again. This happens a lot. A lot of people want the same position as you and they can usually just pick one so don't fret if they haven't respond.

Some other places are just considering your application and this takes a couple of weeks to months even. It doesn't hurt to call and check up though after a couple of weeks because this shows that you still really want that job and they can take that into consideration.

Good Luck!
Jul 24, 2011 @ 06:20 pm

2 weeks

My rule is I phone after 2 weeks of submitting my application. I usually get 1 of 3 responses:

1) we aren't hiring now but will keep your resume on file for the future
2) we are still processing applications and should be done in a certain time length
3) oh let me look at your resume right now. . . ok when can you come in for an interview.

It never hurts to phone and I always phone back in about 2 weeks. Believe it or not, response #3 does happen quite a bit. They mean to phone you or they want to but they might fill the spot before they get to you or they just forget. So by taking the initiative it looks good on you and you might get bumped ahead of someone else and get the job.
Jul 24, 2011 @ 10:32 pm


I think 2 weeks is okay to wait and after that a follow up email/call is acceptable. People in higher up positions are very busy and it can slip their minds or they have just not had time to deal with the job posting. Sometimes it's because they're waiting to hear back from your references.

I wouldn't read anything into the delay just yet. Good luck :)
Jul 25, 2011 @ 09:04 am


I would email. Bosses are always very busy making time and talking to people, that usually means they spend a lot of time in conference calls and meetings. They have enough people calling them without a potential employee calling and pissing them off. In my opinion, the best bet is to send a short and sweet email. Something along the lines of "Good morning, I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you again for taking the time to look into my resume and considering my application. I was wondering if you've come to a decision yet, and if not is there anything I can do on my side to help expedite your decision making in my favour. I look forward to hearing from you soon. Sincerely yours. -jane doe"

Emails are so much better 'cuz your employer gets to read it at their leisure. Most businesses give employees Blackberry phones so they can receive their emails on their BB, so really they can read it anytime. Even while sitting through a boring meeting. If you email and another 3 days go by without a response, then call. Be very positive, professional and friendly. Say I'm sorry for bugging you, I wasn't sure if you received my email but I'm really interested in the position and feel I would be the most perfect fit, I was wondering if you've reached a decision yet, etc"

Good luck.
Jul 25, 2011 @ 10:59 am
Ali de Bold

Good advice

Everyone has given some great tips. I really like what Becky suggested, "Good morning, I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you again
for taking the time to look into my resume and considering my
application. I was wondering if you've come to a decision yet, and if
not is there anything I can do on my side to help expedite your decision
making in my favour. I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Sincerely yours. -jane doe"

You don't want to bug and you want to make sure you are asking in a polite way. Don't assume that your application is the only one they have or the only task on that person's plate. Also, not every employer responds to those they choose not to interview because of high volume.

I once had someone apply for a position who I would have interviewed but she hounded me so much before I had the chance to get back to her that I decided not to interview her at all. She called me on my cell phone at all hours including once when I was out having dinner with my husband and contacted the staff at the office bugging them about why I hadn't called her back yet. Her approach was far too much and it was actually quite irritating. I ended up emailing her and telling her that I wasn't going to interview her and gave her tips on how she should approach something like this in the future. I'm sure it was uncomfortable for her to read the email but I also hope it was helpful for her.

It's one thing to be enthusiastic but as soon as it crosses the line to forceful/too much there is very little chance of getting that interview.

Good luck!
Jul 25, 2011 @ 11:09 am

Can i use that for my email template? lol

I really like what you wrote there, Becky!
I struggle every job-interviewing-process in school to appear professional in my emails.
Jul 25, 2011 @ 11:15 am


I used to have the habit of inserting smiley faces into my emails I would send to my profs. We were all on a first name basis and we had a live chat (remember mirc?) where we could always access someone or other for help, so 'cuz we were so "close" I thought nothing of it. That is, until one of them replied back with a scathing email telling me how I'm so unprofessional and I need to smarten up, etc. To this day I feel bad when I think back to that email. My instinctive response was "Ok, I'm sorry :( " ..but I don't think the sad face would have won him over either. lol! I didn't respond, obviously. He was one of those *cool* young profs who wants to be called by his first name. I got an awesome grade in his class and learned a lot, including not to send smiley emails until I'm positive I know how it'll be received. Uhh, where was I going with this? Oh yea, don't include smiley faces in professional emails! lol

You can definitely use it if you want to :)
Jul 25, 2011 @ 11:28 am

Stay Calm!

Just try and stay calm and not over analyze. If there is no response within 2 full weeks send an email (phoning can be a bit chocking for the future boss) and if there is still no reply...take that as a clue that they might not be looking for you right at the moment.
Jul 25, 2011 @ 12:29 pm

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