Want software companies to call you back? Start doing this!

I recently had the privilege of chatting with RealToughCandy. She has created a lot of resources that help developers perform well land jobs in the industry. She was more than willing to create a blog post sharing one of her key tips. Don’t forget to follow her on Twitter and Instagram. Enjoy!

You just found your dream dev job at a company you’d love to work for – nice!

You glance over the requirements and are confident you’d be a perfect fit, so you get started tweaking your application materials. Everything is looking good, so you hit the “submit” button. Now it’s time to sit back, relax, and wait for that callback from the company for an interview…right? Well, not exactly. While web developer jobs are diverse and plentiful, so are the candidates submitting their application materials. As a potential employee, it’s your job to stand out ahead of the pack. But with dozens and sometimes hundreds of people applying for that same job, how do you do that?
You’ve sent off your application materials…Now what?

The Check-In 

We’ll give that employer a little nudge with a check-in email. A check-in email is like a follow-up email, but it takes a more proactive and general approach. Whereas a follow-up is meant for specific people after a personal interaction, a check-in is sent to strangers prior to any personal interaction. For example, let’s say you applied for a frontend developer job. You read the job posting but nowhere did it say when the job application period closed. It could close today, it could be next year; it may even be one of those evergreen listings where companies are always collecting applications for a future hiring period. It’s been a week since you submitted your materials and you’ve only received one email since then – the very unexciting auto-generated application confirmation. At this point, after seven days or so (but not earlier), you would start crafting your check-in. Here’s how to do it: find the point of contact for the job (i.e. the person responsible for the job posting); if you don’t have one, go to the company’s website and look for their human resources department. If you still can’t find it or they don’t have an HR department, you could use their general inquiry address.

Now, it’s time to start crafting the check-in.

Customize it to fit your personality but do remember to keep it professional. For example: Hi weWantVueDevs, Robin O’Bryan here. I applied to your frontend web developer opening recently and just wanted to check in with you to express my continued interest in the position.  Is there a timeline I can expect for the first round of candidate callbacks/interviews? Thanks for your time and looking forward to talking soon!  Robin  See how simple yet assertive that was? Remember to wait at least a week before you send this off, because you don’t make yourself look overly-motivated or even desperate by writing a check-in right after you applied. Even smaller companies have a lot going on and you’ll risk coming across as that pushy candidate who needs extra attention. Play it cool. Writing a check-in is a simple, genuine way to put yourself ahead of the pack when it comes to web developer jobs. It shows your potential employer that you’re interested in the job, and it’s the perfect opportunity to showcase your name while tying it to a motivated mindset. Show your potential employers that you care, and keep writing those check-ins!

**Leveraging email check-ins to secure your dream job is one of many techniques I show you in my new top-rated ebook and video course, How to Get a Job in Web Development. Check out the course and invest in your new and rewarding career! 👍

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