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What to do when waiting for recruiter feedback

Anxiously waiting for feedback? Are you wondering if your resume ever made it to the right hands or did it go into a black hole?

Did you make the right choice in using “that” particular recruiter? All of these questions come across a job seekers mind waiting for feedback from their recruiter.

After deciding that it is time to advance in your career and make a move, transitioning to the next chapter can always seem uneasy. It can cause you to second guess your career-changing decisions.

The same feelings arise after hours, days and weeks go by without feedback. The anxious feeling can cause you to look like a stalker, desperate or unprofessional.

To maintain your dignity as a candidate and a professional, treat your relationship with your recruiter delicately.

After a week of waiting, pick up the phone and call your recruiter. Always state your first and last name, the reason for your call, and the position you were submitted to. Remember, you are not the only candidate the recruiter is working with.

During your phone call, ask for a timeline if feedback is not provided. Feel free to let them know you are opened to other opportunities that would fit your background. Keep the conversation concise and to the point; no need to talk about their new picture on the company website or their LinkedIn update from the day before. You do not want to look like a stalker.

If another week has passed and there is still no feedback, don’t react in anger by calling the recruiter and leaving disingenuous voicemails, or applying for every job opening under their name to grab their attention. The recruiter’s bread and butter is to place candidates in suitable positions, not to avoid potential placements.

Take a moment of your time and send the recruiter an email. In the subject line of the email, put your full name and the position you were submitted to. Again, keep the email professional and concise. Also, add in a couple bullet points to summarize your experience and why you would be a good fit for the opportunity you were submitted to.

To stay away from looking desperate after emailing: do not send an InMail on LinkedIn, do not find the recruiter on Facebook, and do not hashtag the recruiter in a tweet. Invading the recruiter’s personal space may discourage the recruiter from putting your resume forward for any additional opportunities.

As an active job seeker, do not fixate on only one position. Stay active on different job boards and be aware of upcoming large projects. Recruiters will also be helpful when it comes to building a stronger resume, how to network, and career path decisions.

Remaining a strong professional candidate to a recruiter will benefit your job-seeking journey.

Kara Keenan
Recruitment Consultant
The Global Edge Consultants

The Global Edge Consultants is a full service firm specializing in the recruitment of technical and project personnel for industries such as Government, Oil and Gas, Petrochemical, Chemical, Engineering, Power, Nuclear and Manufacturing. Check out our careers page!

How to make your next phone interview a success

Like it or not, phone interviews have become a standard part of the interview process for many companies nowadays.

With a high number of applicants trying to get hired for a much smaller number of jobs, companies have employed the phone interview as a way to quickly screen out candidates.

As someone who was in the job-hunting trenches earlier this year, I had to endure many phone interviews on the way to my current (and awesome!) position with The Global Edge Consultants. I can attest that it’s a nerve-wracking process, especially if you’re rusty or inexperienced with interviewing as I was.

I’d like to share some tips that helped me during my phone interviews. You may have heard of a lot of these before, but it’s always nice to get a reminder, especially when first starting to seriously look for work again.

•    Have a notepad, a printed copy of your resume, and a job description handy. Remember that in a phone interview you can’t be seen, so this is a great opportunity to have notes on hand to refer to while on the phone. If you’re a visual person like I am, this is a great help so you don’t stumble and stutter when trying to answer interview questions.
•    Make sure you’re in a quiet place with a good cellular signal. Of course, a landline is preferred for an important phone call like a phone interview, but honestly, who’s near a landline these days? Since the most likely situation involves using your mobile phone, be sure you’re in a location where signal is clear and your call won’t get dropped. It’s pretty embarrassing to ask an interviewer to repeat what was just said because of a bad connection, or worse—have the call dropped on you.
•    Dress up as if you were going to an in-person interview. Dressing nicely boosts confidence, which is reflected in your demeanor and voice. Which leads to my next point…
•    Stand up straight, smile, and introduce yourself as soon as you answer the phone. These are tips that are a no-brainer during an in-person interview, but let me remind you again that you won’t be seen during a phone screening. Standing up straight allows for more relaxed breathing, while smiling is reflected in your voice. It’s very likely the person on the other end of the phone will pick up on your positive attitude right away. Introducing yourself gets rid of the dreaded “Is this so-and-so?” exchange that can eat up valuable time for both parties.
•    Remember the basics of any interview: show up early, don’t badmouth any old employers, speak slowly and clearly when responding to questions, ask questions of your own, and always, ALWAYS say thank you!

I hope these tips will be a great help to you the next time you are asked to participate in a phone interview.

Elizabeth Chapman
Marketing/IT Assistant
The Global Edge Consultants

The Global Edge Consultants is a full service firm specializing in the recruitment of technical and project personnel for industries such as Government, Oil and Gas, Petrochemical, Chemical, Engineering, Power, Nuclear and Manufacturing. Check out our careers page!