How to follow up with a recruiter within 48 hours (includes template!)

How to follow up with a recruiter within 48 hours (includes template!)

You’re feeling great about the job application you submitted! Your cover letter was on point and it’s clear you're a perfect fit for the role. Does this mean you have to wait weeks before you follow up with a recruiter? No way.

When should I follow up with a recruiter?

It’s smart to check in with a recruiter a day or two after submitting your job application.

Why? Connecting early helps you stand out from other applicants, increases your chances of scoring an interview and makes it easier to follow up with a recruiter again later on.

Don’t feel like you’re bugging them, recruiters welcome proactive applicants!

Tips to keep in mind

Quick tips on writing an email to follow up with a recruiter:

  • Be clear in your subject line
    Example: Request to connect: job application for (title of position)
  • Note when you submitted the application so they can dig your application out easily
  • Reaffirm your interest in the position and why you’d be a great fit!
  • Ask if there’s anything else they need from you
  • Keep it short and sweet!

Remember, following up quickly after the application (within the first 48 hours) is about establishing an initial connection. Don’t expect a progress report at this stage.

Follow up with a recruiter in the right way can increase your chances of scoring the role. Worst case, you have a recruiter in your network that you can reach out to for future recruitment opportunities!