How long should I wait before making a second follow-up call? I sent my resume to a job opportunity two weeks ago. One week after, I called to be sure they received my resume. The HR assistant checked and confirmed it was received. It’s been two weeks. Shouldn’t I have heard by now?
It is a waiting game. Two weeks may be a little soon to receive an answer if the employer has received many applicants. Also, in the summer and over the holidays it takes a bit longer due to vacation schedules. Resumes may sit waiting for the initial reviewer to return from vacation. Also, there may be more than one decision maker, so there could be a lag time if the person choosing is very busy. I would wait two more weeks before making a second follow-up call or email. You don’t want to become a pest. A second call within two weeks may be too aggressive and a turn-off.
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Debra Wheatman, CPRW, CPCC is President of Careers Done Write, a premier career services provider focused on developing highly personalized career roadmaps for senior leaders and executives across all verticals and industries.