Job seekers who are hesitant to contact a prospective employer after submitting their resume shouldn’t be, an Accountemps survey suggests. Seven in 10 senior managers (71 per cent) interviewed encouraged candidates to follow up within two weeks of applying for a job. Only 2 per cent of respondents said applicants should not check in with the hiring manager.

The survey was developed by Accountemps, the world’s first and largest specialized staffing service for temporary accounting, finance and bookkeeping professionals. It was conducted by an independent research firm and is based on telephone interviews with more than 300 Canadian senior managers at companies with 20 or more employees.

Executives were asked, “How long should a job seeker wait to follow up with the hiring manager after submitting a resume?” Their responses:

One week or less 38%
One to two weeks 33%
Two to three weeks 17%
Three weeks or more 6%
Don’t know/no answer 4%
Don’t follow up 2%
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“Job seekers who follow up with companies after submitting their resume show initiative and demonstrate to hiring managers they are enthusiastic about the opportunity,” said Kathryn Bolt, Canadian president of Accountemps. “When communicating with a prospective employer, be respectful and highlight how you can contribute to the organisation’s success.”

Accountemps answers three common questions about following up with hiring managers:

1. How should I get in touch with the employer? Both email and phone are acceptable. An email can be a great tool for reminding hiring managers that you’ve applied for a job without seeming too pushy.

2. What should I say? Express your interest in the position and reiterate why you think you’d be a good fit for the organisation. Cite specific professional accomplishments and in-demand skills you possess related to the job. The key is to highlight your qualifications and not simply ask whether the manager received your resume.

3. How frequently should I follow up? Persistence is good, but being a pest isn’t. Don’t follow up more than twice.

Accountemps has more than 350 offices worldwide and offers online job search services at www.accountemps.com. Follow Accountemps for workplace news at twitter.com/accountemps.

For further information: Nadia Santoli, (416) 350-2330, [email protected]