Recruiter and Job Seeker Miscommunications


StockSnap_A4PP0PWRDTIn the midst of the job search, it feels like you’ve been waiting forever to get a call back from your recruiter. After you finally get the nerve to call, you hear, “We’ll keep your resume on file.” Does that mean the recruiter will call you as soon as a position opens up? Or is he just being nice?

There’s a communication problem between job seekers and recruiters that often leaves both parties confused and frustrated. Optimistic job seekers are up for trying anything, but recruiters don’t want to be rude to unqualified applicants.

In fact, job seekers must realize that getting noticed by employers is not the recruiter’s job – its yours, the job seeker! Recruiters are looking for great qualities – make your resume the one to stand out.

  • Be sure you actually do match the qualifications for the jobs you are applying to. Don’t waste your time – tell the truth on your resume and if you are under qualified for those positions you want, expand your skill set!
  • Be upfront about your needs, and follow up after interviews and keep in touch with recruiters – ask to be kept in the loop.
  •  Even when you send your resume to a recruiter, stay proactive and keep looking and networking.

This infographic provides solutions for common miscommunications between job seekers and employers. Some interesting points to note include:

  • Recruiters spend an average of six seconds looking at a resume.
  • There are three unemployed people for every job opening.
  • About 50% of job seekers don’t have basic qualifications for the job they’re pursuing.
  • 96% of human resources professionals check references before hiring.

See the full article on Mashable.

Photo by Matthew MacQuarrie

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