calling to follow up after applying for a job by Alison Green on December 24, 2008 A reader writes: Thanks in advance for your help. I have been applying online for jobs with no success. I never hear back although I am sure to be qualified for the positions I am applying for. My question is: Is it poor etiquette to call the local company and speak to a manager regarding the position or should I wait for a recruiter to call me? I don’t want to jeopardize my chances of an interview by being presumptuous. It’s fine to call — once. What you don’t want to do is harass them, but one phone call a few days or a week after you submit your application is fine. It might sound something like this: “I submitted my application for your __ position last week, and I just wanted to make sure my materials were received. I also want to reiterate my interest in the position; I think it might be a great match, and I’d love to talk with you about it when you’re ready to begin scheduling interviews.” Something like that — short and sweet — is fine. What’s not fine is something that some job-hunting guides advise: saying that you’re calling “to schedule an interview.” You don’t get to decide to schedule the interview; they do, and it’s presumptuous, not “good salesmanship” or whatever those books claim, to pretend otherwise. Someone out there is also advising people to say things like that in their cover letter, which is leading to lots of closing lines like, “I will call you in a week to schedule a time to talk.” Ick. Want more help finding a job? Get my e-book: How To Get a Job / Secrets of a Hiring Manager If you’ve ever wished that you could look into the brain of a hiring manager to find out what you need to do to get hired, this e-book is for you. I’ll give you step-by-step help through every stage of your job search, explaining at each step what a hiring manager is thinking and what they want to see from you. Learn more here. You may also like:I was asked to set aside four hours for a 10-15-minute phone callthis is a resume and cover letter that workshould my cover letter explicitly ask for an interview?