Why don’t recruiters get back to me? - 20th April 2017

Job hunting usually consists of going onto different job boards every day, looking for suitable vacancies to apply for and then sending off application after application… and sometimes there’s just silence. Complete radio silence. Nothing. Zilch. Recruiters don’t call or even email back to say thanks for applying. Day after day of this can really wear you down.

So what’s up? Why, when you think you’re made for the job in question, are you getting nowhere? You think you’re the perfect candidate – why can’t a recruiter see that and get in touch?

If this is happening to you. Let’s share some surprising reasons from the recruitment world why this is happening…

  • You would be amazed how many applications recruiters receive where the candidate has mistyped their phone number or email address on their CV – or they’ve sent across a CV written ages ago that lists a mobile number that they no longer use. Incredibly, even the smartest looking CVs sometimes lack an email address or phone number, let alone a link to their Linkedin profile. Recruiters are busy people (more on this in a bit) and just don’t have time to spend ages trying to track someone down. Also, if you’re applying from a job board such as Reed, the email the recruiter receives shows your contact details and your current employer from when you first registered. Needless to say, if you registered years ago and you haven’t updated your Reed profile since, your details may be very out of date. You could be 10 years into your working career but that email from Reed shows your details from when you might have been still at college or university!
  • Be organised and check your junk inbox and your voicemails regularly. Daily. You might have a recruiter contacting you about an amazing job or an invite for an interview, but you fail to get the message – your spam filter decided to stop it from landing in your inbox.
  • If you are making a change in career and are using your transferable skills to go into a different industry sector and you’ve not explained this in a cover letter – How is a recruiter to know? The same goes for having had a long career break. If you’ve had a year out backpacking around the globe, or caring for an ill relative, and made no mention on your application, for all intents and purposes your CV will imply that you’ve been out of work and doing nothing for 12 months. Anything that needs explaining must go into a cover letter.
  • Recruiters are busy people, their days often involve back to back interviews with candidates and meetings with clients, and in between they’re calling potentially suitable candidates on their database, calling to set up appointments and calling to negotiate salaries on job offers as well as sorting through new candidate applications. Phew! Who thought recruitment was easy? For popular roles, this can involve wading through hundreds of new CVs every day. In light of this, you can imagine that any application that doesn’t have correct contact details on or doesn’t immediately look like a suitable match will get put to the bottom of the pile. Don’t be that application!

Perhaps the most obvious thing, and the one that job hunters fall down on, is personal contact. Recruiters are people too! If you can, go in and meet recruiters in person, or at least pick up the phone and call them. It will bring your application to life. The recruiters are much more likely a) to remember you for suitable roles and b) to get a full picture about you and your needs, once they’ve met you – and even introduce you to roles you didn’t even know exist. Recruiters aren’t infallible and can make mistakes.  Building a relationship with a recruiter (a good one obviously) allows you to pick up the phone and explain why you’d be a good and credible candidate.