It feels good to hit SUBMIT (or SEND if e-mailing cover letter and resume) on an online application after completion, doesn’t it?
You researched the organization for insight.
You devoted a lot of time and energy preparing your material.
You made known your qualifications for the targeted position.
You’re hopeful about the possibility of securing a job interview, but the result is out of your hand.
So, what do you do now?
After applying for a job, you calculate your chances of hearing back from an employer. You wonder if your resume will make the cut.
Sometimes, stress takes over.
You become hesitant about leaving the phone. You put everything else on hold because you’re waiting for a phone call or e-mail to interview.
Is this what you should dwell on after applying? Is this the best use of your time? I say no.
Although I say no, I understand.
For the longest time, I always thought about the job I applied for after applying. I questioned whether I’d hear back from the employer.
What was the result? I constantly checked my e-mail inbox for job news.
Was this the best use of my time? I say no.
There are other things you can do rather than stress over what’ll happen next. I’ll list 5 of them below.
I must note: this list doesn’t include things like showing enthusiasm and initiative through following up with an employer. It’s more about personal sanity whether or not you hear something back.
5 Things to Do After You’ve Applied for a Job
Call to Remembrance Your Value.
After submitting your job application, you wonder: “will I measure up and receive a call?”
I’ve wondered this many times.
But, with time, I realized: though employers have an advantage in this job market, many are working on overload. With a lot of applicants to choose from, they don’t understand the wide range of emotions job seekers feel when waiting to hear back from them – even with a rejection notice.
This means: you not hearing from them have nothing to do with you most of the time.
So, don’t lose sight of your value in their silence. Don’t lose sight of your gifts, skills, and abilities.
You are somebody – even while unemployed – and shouldn’t feel any less valuable because of hiring practices.
You’re more than a “job seeker.”
You’re more than just one of the “unemployed.”
You’re more than someone “in need of a job.”
Once you realize this, you can speak the truth to yourself when negative thoughts creep up.
Let Go of the Outcome.
During the process of finding a job, it’s easy to forget you don’t control everything. One of these things is the outcome of your submitted application.
You have no control over whether the employer contacts you, so why not let go of the outcome?
Don’t let it send you into stress mode. If you do, then you’ll mop around miserably – and this isn’t good.
Instead, stop, breathe, and break before continuing your job hunt activities.
Read something inspirational.
Watch a movie.
Do something interesting and motivating.
Whatever you do, though, don’t wrestle with the outcome of your submission. Once you hit the “SUBMIT” button, what the employer does next is out of your control.
I’ll admit: This is easier said than done, but knowing when to let go of things is important in your job hunt. You must do what you can to stay sane during your search.
Keep Yourself Together.
Finding and applying for jobs have the ability to sap your energy.
You experience frustration from the lengthy job search. You experience exhaustion from both the job search and unemployment.
But you must keep yourself together in every way: spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically. It’s not the easiest thing to do, believe me, but it’s worth it.
After submitting your job application, don’t let what if thoughts leave you idle.
Get out of bed. Freshen up and get clothed. Read, watch and/or listen to inspirational material. Eat. Rest. Engage in a hobby. Do things around your home. Help someone.
Altogether, pull yourself together and keep functioning.
This is important for two reasons:
- It affects your ability to grow and move forward positively through this transitional period.
- I know you’ve heard this several times before: negative attitudes and physical neglect turn off employers.
Consider Areas for Improvement.
In the job hunting process, you’ve done your part and given your best. You want to move forward in hiring.
But, job rejection is more common than job acceptance. You’re emotional, and expressing your emotions isn’t a bad idea.
The problem, however, comes in when: you constantly beat yourself up. You wonder what you did (or didn’t do) on paper – without realizing sometimes it has nothing to do with you.
I know. I’ve been there too.
I learned: beating myself up doesn’t help. It certainly won’t result in a job offer.
Instead, the best thing you can do is consider what you can improve on:
- Resume Writing
- Cover Letter Writing
- Interviewing Skills
From there, you move on.
Continue Your Efforts.
After applying, it takes patience when waiting to hear back from hiring companies. And, during the wait, you feel the temptation to pause and see if the response is positive before moving on.
But, don’t stop exploring other opportunities.
Continue your search for your next position.
Why? Because you haven’t received an oral and written job offer yet. You haven’t received your start date.
You don’t know if the opening will lead to a job offer – just yet – so don’t halt your job search activities. Continue to:
- Evaluate Your Job Search Approach
- Update Your Resume
- Stay Motivated
- Apply and Explore All Legitimate Opportunities
By doing these things, you keep your options open. You give yourself a better chance at joining a company interested in what you have to offer.
A Recap of Things to Do After Submitting Your Job Application
I’ve provided 5 things you should do after submitting your job application (or cover letter and resume) here.
It’s important to move forward in a healthy way after applying for a job – although you experience bouts of discouragement and frustration.
Don’t dwell on whether an employer will contact you for an interview.
Consider the following tips and see if they’ll help you stay sane in this process:
- Please know: You’re not any less worthy than everyone else – regardless of your lack of a job.
- Realize: You have no control over the response of an employer, so why wrestle with the outcome of your submitted application? Use the energy spent wrestling to do something positive.
- Think about ways you can improve in your job search – resume and cover letter writing and interviewing, for example.
- Keep yourself together and functioning in every way.
- Keep your options open by exploring every legitimate opportunity.
P.S. What do you do after submitting a job application? Don’t hesitate to connect here and let me know!
Disclaimer: I am not an HR or Career Professional by training. When I write on job search topics, I write from the perspective of a job seeker with experience in job searching.