How Following Up Can Help You Land the Job

TIME

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“I don’t want to put a potential offer in jeopardy.”

“I don’t want to be a pest.”

“I’d rather just wait and see what happens.”

These are three of the most common responses I get when I advise job seekers to follow up with a potential employer about a job they’ve interviewed for. We’ve probably all had these thoughts, and you may have said these things yourself, but I’ve got news for you: If done right, following up shouldn’t hurt your chances of getting a job. In fact, in some cases, it can really help.

Here are three reasons you shouldn’t be afraid to send a follow-up email to a hiring manager you’re itching to hear back from—and sample scripts that will make your message as effective as possible.

1. It Can…

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