I don't necessarily agree with HannahB and helvs. You can show up at a bad time to talk with an employer. By calling you can set up an appointment perhaps at a more convenient time. Since you're new to the job market it's understandable that you'd be nervous. Don't panic! Keep it simple and straight forward. Don't be pushy, be yourself. If it doesn't go well, the next time will be better. Good luck!
If you sent in your application, you should call to make sure they received it. If they acknowledge receipt then you can ask them if it meets their criteria. Always give a prospective employer about a week to review it. Call them after one week and tell them how interested you are. Ask them if you can make can appointment to come and discuss your qualifications.
The main thing is have confidence that you can do the job and ask them if you could set up an appointment to discuss the job in more detail along with your qualifications, don't stutter when you talk with them, show them respect, and most importantly use your manners.
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There are some really good answers here but one tip I didnt see was to get someones name. Ask who is doing the hiring? Who's handling the applications? Who's calling people for interviews? Then, when you call,(or visit), ask for that person specifically. And then ask what their hiring status is or basically where are you in the process. Any decent employer/boss will give you an answer. As you look for more work, you'll figure out the culture.
the key is to appear confident even if you are nervous. during the interview, don't avoid eye contact, sit up straight, and don't hesitate when you speak, be firm. avoid saying 'i think, or i believe' that is sounding nervous and unsure of yourself , you won't get the job. say for example, i am perfect for this job GOOD LUCK! :)
If you phone them to find out if they have reviewed your application and they have NOT yet ruled you out of the running, then arrange to come in and check it out, get your foot in the door, so to speak. We can't help it that there is a dearth (lack) of jobs and unemployment is high. Yet it is our lot. You need to hold your head high though.
An employer once urged me to have a bit less desperate attitude. Applicants can suck up too much. So say something like, "I'd like to drop by and see the works, if I might, I've really wanted to see the place in action!. Act like you have the long end of the stick, "I'd like to see if it's a good workplace for me." really, it would be ideal to judge for yourself if you're a good fit.