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What is the best way to follow up after sending in an online application?


Topic Expert
Regis Quirin
Title: Director of Finance
Company: Gibney Anthony & Flaherty LLP
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(Director of Finance, Gibney Anthony & Flaherty LLP) |

If your on-line application is to a person, an e-mail status request after a week is appropriate. If the on-line application is to a company...I have never found anyone that has figured out that answer. The moral of the story -- only submit when you have a name to associate with the posting, i.e. Recruiter or Hiring Manager.
Good luck.

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Mark Richards
Title: VP Operations and Finance
Company: VP / CFO - Private Company
(VP Operations and Finance, VP / CFO - Private Company) |

Assuming you know the company, then use your network to try to find out who the hiring manager is and then work toward them.

See the post "Roadmap to the Hiring Manager" here on Profomative - it will help you figure out to approach and what to ask them (see link below).

Most on-line applications go through the ATS (applicant tracking system), so Regis's point in spot on - only shoot off inquiries if you know specifically with whom to inquire in HR. To tag on, I would only really push hard if you have a good match to both title and industry - if not, then likely you will be ranked after those who have strong match to both.


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