There is a fine line between following-up on a job application and becoming an annoyance to hiring managers, and job seekers often struggle walking this line. Here is some guidance to help you follow-up after you submit a job application:

Be Patient

Human resource consultants say one week is sufficient time to get back to a hiring manager who has left you hanging, and that goes for job interviews as well as job applications. Hiring managers receive dozens of applications for a given opening, so chances are that he/she did not see yours right away. Be patient and give it some time before you reach out.

 Reach Out Only Once

One phone call or email is enough. Do not bombard your hiring manager’s voicemail or inbox with inquiries about your application; he/she will not appreciate it.

Have Questions Prepared

Regardless if you are planning to call or email to follow-up, be sure to have a couple questions prepared. Ask questions like, “What kind of experience would your ideal candidate have?” A good follow-up phone call/email opens a door, and asking questions will convey your genuine interest and help make you memorable.

Keep it Short and Sweet

Hiring managers are very busy, and may not appreciate a half an hour phone conversation or a page-long email. The shorter you keep your follow-up, the happier the hiring manager will be.

If the job to which you’ve applied specifically says, “No phone calls or follow-ups,” you need to respect that request. Other than that, following-up can be a great way to put your name in front of the hiring manager, because sometimes resumes/applications can fall through the cracks. During the job hunt, you need to be your own advocate, and if you have applied to the perfect position, don’t just sit around and wait, be proactive and follow-up!