You will send out plenty of resumes during the job searching process, but it takes more than a piece of paper to find a job. Some businesses see thousands of applications for a single position. Following up on an initial submission can help you resonate more with every manager who sees your work history.
According to Georgia Public Broadcasting, one big step is to make sure the timing is correct for when you follow up, whether you decide to do so via email, telephone or letter. It's best for you to follow up between one and two weeks after initially submitting a resume. If you do it too soon, you'll be seen as too eager or perhaps disrespectful of the application process. Doing it too late, meanwhile, could lead to another applicant being chosen before you.
The timing of the follow-up doesn't just refer to the date, either. There's a certain time of the day that will likely work much better for your efforts. Calling or emailing in the morning will be much more likely to gain results than later in the day. Not only will you be more likely to reach someone directly, but they will likely have time to field your inquiry.
CareerBuilder adds that in some cases, applying to a job online can be difficult when there's little contact information available. This isn't as big of a problem as it might seem. Searching the company's listings on the Internet should be your first approach, as you'll be able to learn more about who you'll be responding to. Should that fail, looking for managers on websites like LinkedIn can pay off as well. If this is successful, you'll be able to target your responses to a specific person, which will look especially impressive if you haven't been given any leads.
As far as the content of the follow-up effort itself, it's best for you to emphasize the value that you can bring to the company. Sticking largely to the most impressive aspects of your resume can help you in this effort. Showing interest in the industry or company in question won't hurt, as long as it's directly tied into the position at hand. As long as you acquit yourself well, prospective employers will be more likely to take a second look at your resume.