What to do when waiting for recruiter feedback

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!

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