In a Cpl survey, 80% of job seekers stated that their main pet peeve was recruiters who don’t reply to applications. Some of you reading this may be nodding your head thinking ‘it only takes two minutes’’ and ‘’don’t be so rude’’ but if we aren’t replying to your email there is usually a good reason why.

These are two emails I got this week, read them and then tell me honestly if you would reply. The first began, “my name is X, I applied for the job of a lab technician that was advertised. I haven’t heard anything. I just wanted to know if I was successful or not and what areas I can improve my CV on, thank you.”

The second read, ‘could you please give me a note. Is there any chance for me for this kind of job, because I think, related on my qualification and on my experience, I could manage all tasks that are needed in description’’.

The first was asking for feedback two days after submitting a CV and CV advice which she could have got from a Cpl blog and the second was openly admitting to being unqualified for the role.

Ideally, I’d love to have the time to respond to every job seeker’s email and application and give all job seekers feedback on their CV but while it may sound harsh it is important to recognise recruitment agencies work for employers, not employees. Employers hire recruiters like me to find the best person for a job they need to fill, which is usually time sensitive.

Time is of the essence

How many of us have fired off CVs and generic cover letters to jobs that are broadly within the parameters of our experience? Recruiters and hiring managers receive up to 50 job applications every day – so if it’s not a relevant application it’s likely your email won’t get a response.

On any given week I could have five clients who urgently need CVs. If I spent an hour a day talking to unsuitable candidates about how to improve their CV or why they weren’t selected that is five hours of time my client loses. So in all likelihood, if you’ve sent a generic application it won’t be my priority to write back.

Reduce the chances of this happening to you by only applying for jobs you have the skills for. I’d also advise tailoring your CV to include easy to spot relevant keywords. If you give your application proper attention then recruiters will read it.

I have no update

Another common email I won’t reply to is an email requesting an update. Usually, when I talk to candidates and discuss submitting them for a role I will explain the time frames involved.

Applications may not close for another two weeks. After these two weeks hiring managers will move to the interview stage so it’s not unusual to hear an update for at least three weeks.

If you are eager for feedback or want to chat about other potential jobs please do pick up the phone and call.

How to get the response you want

Pick up the phone

Job seekers who complain about a lack of contact from recruiters seem to forget that communication is a two-way street.

Here’s a fun fact – recruiters LOVE phone calls. It’s quicker than email and most of us love a chat. It’s much easier for us to explain why you’re unsuitable for a role or why there’s a delay in 30 seconds over the phone.

You’re also much more likely to get information in a phone call. A recruiter can quickly fill you in on relevant industry information or advice on why you weren’t suitable for a specific job.

Most importantly, over the phone, a recruiter might realise while you aren’t right for the role you applied for they do have another for which you are.

Pick up the phone – it could be the difference in getting or not getting a job today.

Connect on LinkedIn

Network on LinkedIn by connecting with the recruiters in your industry and keep up to date with recruitment pages like Cpl Jobs. This way recruiters become familiar with you, know your name, your skills and that you’re open to a new job.

LinkedIn is also where you’ll find the latest jobs posted. Most LinkedIn job postings will also have a phone number attached, think your skills are relevant? Make a phone call.

Don’t think you’re relevant for the specific job and want a bit a guidance? Make a phone call.

If a recruiter isn’t responding to your email it’s likely that you’re unsuitable for the job, or that the job is no longer available. Recruiters receive a high volume of emails every day so remember it’s not personal.

Looking for a new job?

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