Once you've mailed, emailed, or posted your application materials online for jobs and internships that have been advertised, follow-up with a phone call 7–10 days following the application deadline. If a deadline is not posted, follow-up 7–10 days after you mail your application materials.
A resume and cover letter may also be sent to inquire about opportunities that have not yet been posted. Should you choose to send a "letter of inquiry", follow up with a phone call 7–10 days after mailing your materials to ask the potential employer/supervisor about the status of your application and potential openings.
GRADUATE SCHOOL APPLICANTS: If you are sending application materials for graduate school programs, be sure to follow-up prior to the application deadline to make sure your file is complete!
Making the Call
"Good afternoon. My name is Jorja Ryan and I am a senior at St. Olaf College. I applied for the position of ____________, and am calling to inquire about setting up an interview."
"Good morning, this is Renee Roberts calling, I sent my resume and cover letter last Monday applying for the ____________ position. I indicated in my application material that I'd call you today to answer any questions you may have for me and to inquire about setting up an interview."
"Hello. My name is Bjorn Johnson and I am a junior philosophy and math major at St. Olaf College. I mailed my resume last week inquiring about the ___________ internship position. I am calling to see how you are coming along in the selection process."
"My name is Meredith Drake, I sent my application materials last week for the graduate program in ______________. I'm calling to make sure you've received my information and that my file is complete."