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by magn1jes magn1jes (New Member) New Member

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I just applied for a job online that I would really like, but am kind of kicking myself in the butt now. Instead of applying online, I wish I would have waited (I am very impatient) and gone in personally. Is there any way that I could now set myself apart from the others that applied as well? Could I call and ask when they plan on setting up interviews? My d/h says no. What could I do to let them know that I am very interested in the position? What exactly is the etiquette when it comes to applying for jobs? :idea:

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Thanks SnowStar

Call them and follow up.

How long should I wait? I just applied on Friday night.

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mazy works as a LPN.

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Probably best to give them some time to plow through all the applications, or at least download them. If you call them too soon they're just going to say they'll keep you in mind but by the time they actually get to the task at hand they will have forgotten you, along with everyone else who has called to follow up.

Also, processing job applications is really stresful for HR -- given that they get hundreds of apps for each position -- so they will probably not respond well to immediate requests for a response. They will be getting plenty of those, too.

Not sure what kind of facility it is but even if you had applied in person you probably would have just handed the paperwork to someone in the front office who would tell you they'll pass it on back to HR. So don't kick yourself.

The waiting is tough, in the meantime hang in there and just keep applying for jobs.:)

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gymnut works as a Oncology Tech.

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I would place a follow up call within two weeks. Like mazy said it'll give them a bit of time to run through the applications and send them off to the proper departments for review.

I would be careful though with some jobs as they only allow you to apply online due to the high volume of applications they receive on a daily basis and have a strict 'Don't call us we'll call you' policy.

One job I applied to stated right on their website that any walk-ins/e-mails/faxes regarding applications would not be acknowledged and when I did a follow up call for another job the answering service said that if you were calling regarding your application that if the company was interested they would call you or e-mail you and that you shouldn't call about it.

It stinks when you're playing the waiting game and I'm doing it right now so I wish you luck in your job search.

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netglow works as a RN.

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Don't stress yourself over one job app. BTW, if it is of any solace, where I am, online is the only way they will take an app anywhere. Paper is unheard of.

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Don't stress yourself over one job app. BTW, if it is of any solace, where I am, online is the only way they will take an app anywhere. Paper is unheard of.

This. You could have gone in, but they'd have sent you home and told you to apply online. Give it a week and call to follow up on the status of the application you submitted online.

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casi has 3 years experience and works as a LTC RN.

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Frequently I'll give them a week or so then call and basically say who I am, when I turned in an application, and I'd like to make sure they have all the information that they need.

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Medic2RN has 10 years experience and works as a ED RN, Fixed wing critical care air ambulance.

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I guess I've done it a tad differently.

I looked up the name of the department supervisor or director and contacted that person. Usually, the person in that position is responsible for alerting HR that there is a position to be filled, interviewing personnel for the position, and telling HR that a nurse has been hired.

I still fill out the online application, but I try to talk to a human being also.

Good luck to you!

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LoveMyBugs works as a Pediatrics.

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I would place a follow up call within two weeks. Like mazy said it'll give them a bit of time to run through the applications and send them off to the proper departments for review.

I would be careful though with some jobs as they only allow you to apply online due to the high volume of applications they receive on a daily basis and have a strict 'Don't call us we'll call you' policy.

One job I applied to stated right on their website that any walk-ins/e-mails/faxes regarding applications would not be acknowledged and when I did a follow up call for another job the answering service said that if you were calling regarding your application that if the company was interested they would call you or e-mail you and that you shouldn't call about it.

It stinks when you're playing the waiting game and I'm doing it right now so I wish you luck in your job search.

Agree with the above poster.

There is a job that I desperatly want and applied online, and this is a large multi state hospital system. I looked online for HRs number, or at least the department mangers name, no such luck

So I went to the hospital that the job is at and tried to talk to someone in their HR department, to which they gave me a phone number to main HR department for my state.

Tried that number finally found out who the recruiter was for that job, after a couple of more days I got to speak to the recruiter in person. She told me that she forewarded my application to the department manager and they will be calling people soon.

So I again went down to the hospital and went to the department this time and asked if I could have just 1-2 min of the manager/directors time.

No such luck, I knew it was a long shot that I would actually get to speak to the manager, so I went prepared with a new cover letter resume, reffernces, and clinical evaluations and left it for the manager.

Sadly I am still waiting for a response, this system at least sends you a rejection email if not chosen to interview for the job, havent gotten one yet!

But all of this has taken place over the last 3 weeks so you still have time to follow up on the online job application.

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It is frustrating. It is hard to stand out for any job when applying online. Maybe you could find out the HR director name and email over a letter of interest ?

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happy2learn works as a Employed at a Level 1 Trauma Center.

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Definitely wait at least a week. Shoot, I applied for a job and it took them 3 weeks before they started the interview process. And it's going to take them another 3 weeks to get through the interviews. I don't want the job anymore any as the hours won't work for me, but I thought it was crazy how long it took.

The place I applied, you can't look up the recruiter. And the HR rep won't give it to you.

They will appreciate you giving at least a week. Then just call to say you're checking up on the status of it. They should be able to give you a good time frame then of what to expect.

Good luck!

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