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This story originally appeared on FlexJobs.

There is nothing like reading a job advertisement and feeling that this might be the perfect job for you. So you apply for the position – and then it's crickets.

Unfortunately, this can (and can) happen frequently when looking for a job. The hiring process can take weeks and sometimes months.

If you really want to know if you are a candidate for the job, it's a good idea to keep track of your application.

Of course, you want to follow up without being intrusive. And because of the pandemic, it's difficult to know how and when to ask without looking demanding at a time when many hiring managers already have their hands full.

However, there are steps you can take to follow up on your application without affecting your chances of getting a new job. Before firing an email or taking the time to call, double-check that the follow-up is the right thing to do.

Here are some tips on when and how to track.

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