In today’s recruiting world, it’s no longer enough to simply go through the job seeking motions – submitting a generic resume to a few online job boards and building a basic LinkedIn profile. In order to catch the attention of an employer, you need to put in the work, be persistent, and exercise old-fashioned courteous behavior. In their efforts to find the right fit, hiring managers will go beyond performing due diligence, turning over every stone and utilizing all available resources. So shouldn’t you do the same?
It may seem that technology has made recruiting easier, but really, it’s only replaced traditional methods, such as print advertising and paper resumes. And although internet job boards and social media have upped the immediacy of the tedious sourcing process, it has also sped up the application process for candidates, resulting in an overwhelming amount of submissions each day. With more talent to sift through and less time to do it, recruiters have become much more selective and much less tolerant. To ensure survival, job seekers have no other option other than to pull out all the stops and separate themselves from the competition.
In her latest blog, “On A Job Board? Don’t Make Employer’s Bored,” Joan warns candidates against falling into what she refers to as “The Lazy Man’s Search.” But that’s not the only offense job seekers are committing in their hunt for a new gig. Candidates always complain that despite their routine resume submissions online, they never hear back. But did you know that hiring managers experience the same frustration, claiming that when they reach out to promising candidates, they often don’t pick up their phone or respond to their emails? This catch-22 scenario leaves job seekers jaded with their professional search and employers wondering why candidates bother applying to jobs online in the first place if they don’t express interest when it counts.
Another complication I face is when they do answer my calls, many times, job seekers aren’t prepared to discuss their professional future. They answer acting confused, annoyed, and sometimes rude, usually because they don’t remember what position they applied for or how to effectively market themselves without notice. In the end, both parties suffer from a serious communication barrier that keeps job seekers from achieving the results they feel they deserve and employers from identifying the best talent out there. While technology has certainly made recruiting and job hunting easier, faster, and more efficient, one simple constant still stands in the way: communication.
BREAK DOWN THE COMMUNICATION BARRIER
Get your head in the game. It’s one thing to be a passive job seeker, but, if you post a resume without following up or build a LinkedIn profile without the intention of checking in routinely, employers see a lack of focus and commitment. Be sure that you’re representing yourself consistently with up-to-date information and keeping track of your submissions, contacts, and networking channels.
Be courteous. If a recruiter calls in response to a position you applied for online and you are no longer interested, return the call anyway to politely decline the role. If you treat them with the same courteousness you expect from them, you automatically set a positive impression, keeping the lines of communication open for any future opportunities. And if you are interested, be sure to demonstrate professionalism, enthusiasm, and gratitude.
Employers notice. No matter what your job search methods are, employers are watching your every move. Be mindful of not only the care you put into your job applications and networking opportunities, but also of what you’re posting socially (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.).
Prepare to talk careers. If you apply for a job posting, be organized and on call. A confused candidate who hasn’t kept any record of his submissions or is uncomfortable discussing his professional situation is a red flag in the eyes of recruiters.
Update your job status. If you’re no longer actively looking or have already secured a role, remove any submissions or profiles you may still have on internet job boards, call hiring managers who are considering you for a role to let them know, and update your LinkedIn profile. Failing to do so can come back to haunt you since your new employer might assume your looking again.
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