This story originally appeared on FlexJobs.
There’s nothing like reading a job listing and feeling that this could be the perfect job for you. So you apply to the position — and then it’s crickets.
Unfortunately, this can (and does) happen a whole lot when you’re job searching. The hiring process can drag on for weeks and sometimes months.
If you really want to know if you’re in the running for the job, you should follow up on your job application.
Of course, you want to follow up without coming across as pushy. And, because of the pandemic, it’s hard to know how and when to follow up without seeming demanding during a time when many hiring managers already have their hands full.
But there are steps you can take to follow up on your job application without ruining your chances of landing a new job. Before you fire off an email or take time to call, double-check and make sure that following up is the right thing to do.
Here are several tips on when to follow up and how.