Still Waiting for That Call?
Let’s say you’ve bought a laptop charger online ( something I seem to do with depressing regularity ). How long do you wait before you chase to see if it’s turned up? 3 days, a week? Is it lost in the post? Has the company who sent it to you gone bust? Are they trying to rip you off for £17.99? Are you just going to leave it at that and put it down to one of life’s experiences, in a stuff happens, shrug your shoulders kind of way?
What if that product was worth £20,000, or £30,000 or £100,000? What if it was a truly life-changing item?
I’ve always been utterly mystified as to why candidates don’t call to see if their application has got through, or to find out if they’re suitable for a role, or to ask why, if they’ve been sent an automated rejection email, they’ve not been selected. I would say, that no matter what level I am working on, no more than 1% of candidates follow up an application with a phone call. This includes new business sales people earning £250,000 a year who are supposed to be good at this kind of stuff.
Trying to find a new job, especially if you are out of work and / or in a difficult place financially or emotionally is often extremely frustrating. You can feel utterly drained on top of all the stress. I know this - I've been there myself. The temptation is to throw more applications out there in the hope that one sticks.
But if you really want to stand out, try this. If you have applied for a job that you think you’re a strong fit for and heard nothing, or have been rejected from, then pick up the phone . Call the recruiter. How do you know that a) your CV got through the job board system and actually landed in the recruiter’s inbox b) has not been filtered out as junk , c) has not been deleted in error, d) has been discounted incorrectly? Are you just going to sit there and shrug your shoulders? Surely your application is worth more than that.
Follow it up with a call. You might get lucky, maybe not with the job you’ve applied for, but perhaps the recruiter concerned, if they are a good one, and can think laterally ( not always a given! ) has another vacancy coming up for which you could be a better fit. At the very least you will be more memorable than tens, maybe hundreds, of other applicants.
In addition, please bear in mind, that just because a recruitment consultant is ‘consulting’ on a senior or specialist vacancy, it’s somewhat unlikely that they have done the job themselves. This doesn't in itself make them a bad consultant. However you only have to look at the staff turnover levels in many high street and corporate recruitment companies to see that many consultants unfortunately don't know what they are talking about; they don't really 'get' the end client's culture or the nuances of the role, and so are unable to assess candidates beyond matching CVs to a job spec.
Your rejection for your perfect role may simply be down to inefficiencies in the recruitment process, from human or software error or a combination of both. So grit your teeth and make that call. Perhaps you don’t want to speak to someone who hasn’t a clue ( I’ll leave that issue for another post ), but at things stand, if you've applied for a role then they’re the gatekeeper, it’s down to them whether you go forward or not. Please, pick up the phone.
I hope this helps - any comments / suggestions appreciated