[This is a companion post to “Damn it, RECRUITERS, Job Seekers are People, Too!“]
Over and over I read about and talk to job seekers who go on about how unresponsive recruiters are. Now I’m not here to defend outright rudeness—and there is a lot of that in the space—but, to be fair, I think job seekers need to understand what recruiters are up against.
[BTW, before I go any further, a wee bit of disclosure: I am not now nor have I ever been an HR professional. I DID, however, spend 10 years calling on the profession at all levels for a highly successful job board. In that capacity, I saw firsthand how hard HR works and how hard the recruiting job is at all levels. I LIKE recruiters. You do too, when things go your way, huh?!)
What job applicants need to recognize is that in many cases recruiters ‘hands are tied,’ meaning that sometimes there is little they can do about the process.
1. The job search process is now so automated that many times your resume will never even be seen by a corporate* recruiter. Software scans your resume, sees no relevant keywords and is never forwarded to a recruiter for consideration. (You really should know how to play the game!) Your resume is then archived with potentially no human interaction whatever. Who knew?! Now you do.
2. Depending on what part of the world you are reading this, recruiters may be bound by their company’s policies and are not able to offer up any commentary whatever. In the US, the attorneys have rightfully determined that the best way to avoid lawsuits is to just not say anything at any point in the process—unless, of course, they have determined you are a primary candidate.
3. As a job seeker, you have to keep in mind that a recruiter, depending on the positions s/he may be recruiting for, can receive anywhere from 200 to 1200+ resumes DAILY for a single position. Now put yourself in their place and imagine you have 15 positions you are tasked to fill! Would YOU really be able to–or want to–respond to (using the average of 200 & 1200) 700 potential candidates daily?! This is also the reason why resume filtering software companies are in demand.
In my next post I’m going to talk about how you, as a job seeker, can better manage this process and get the recruiter’s attention assuming, once again, that you have the chops somebody is looking for.
*NOTE: If you want your not-getting-any-response resume reviewed, send it to a staffing company. Those recruiters actually DO review all resumes. Staffing companies seek out ‘diamonds in the rough’ and will help you get yours in order assuming you have a skillset industry is looking for. Yes, they get paid for your placement and that’s fair: They do all the work and it’s not coming out of your pocket.