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Is it okay to follow up a job application?

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Iseverythingokay Tue 06-Sep-16 13:19:18

I have a applied for a job just over 2 weeks ago. A career change but similar field. I would really love to do this job - it ticks so many boxes. The job advert did not specify an interview date and when I emailed (I phoned up and got given HR e-mail address.) to get more details I was told that the job was to start ASAP, presumably depending on the candidate working their notice. What if they are choosing right now?! So my problem is, because I really, really want this job, do I e-mail HR again with a follow up e-mail, reiterating how much I would like the job and look forward to hearing from them? I had this idea after Googling how to make your CV get you an interview and it brought up, first, American job websites advising a follow up e-mail. The American thing matters because I think (I'm public sector so could be wrong) that American corporate might be more forward. I managed to find an English version if this same website which confirms my suspicions, saying that some recruiters don't like the follow up as it could be seen as pushy. So my problem is, do I potentially help my cause and e-mail HR so they notice my CV or do I potentially ruin my cause and do their heads in and they ignore my CV for being a pushy pita (assuming my CV isn't pants, which is possible)? Any advice would be so useful.

anyname123 Tue 06-Sep-16 13:24:04

IMHO leave well alone. We are not America, and if the job is in public sector especially you will look pushy and entitled and probably a potential PITA. I'm sure someone will be along to say the opposite in a second though!

IHeartKingThistle Tue 06-Sep-16 13:26:12

See I probably would follow up! I don't see what harm it could do as long as it wasn't a lengthy email.

FinallyHere Tue 06-Sep-16 13:43:31

I think it is fair enough, if they have not given a timescale, to follow up with a request that they let you know when you should expect to hear. Good luck.

Iseverythingokay Tue 06-Sep-16 13:47:17

Oh thank you so much for replying! I am currently drafting an e-mail, not sure what to do with it once it's done. The more I think about it I think why not send, but then I doubt the plan. You don't get dream jobs waiting around though do you?

Iseverythingokay Tue 06-Sep-16 13:53:40

Didn't see other messages. I'm a teacher (day off today), looking to move out of it so I'm not used to writing CVs and reducing my skills to bullet points! The whole thing is scary and I've read/ been told so many different bits of advice about the right way to do things. The whole process is scary! The job is for a well known company and probably has lots of people like me applying so I don't want to let it slip away-or ruin my chances by being a pushy, entitled pita (I agree with you the potential for that, which is why I've posted!).

JustDanceAddict Sat 10-Sep-16 12:02:59

I've followed up after an interview and got the job, but not after applying.

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