I have worked in recruiting, HR, and talent acquisition roles throughout my career. Some of the job openings that I’ve filled in the past were roles that had a dire need to be filled right away. Other positions were roles that had an immediate opening, but could take a little extra time in finding that ideal candidate. Others I’ve recruited were simply made for pipelining in preparation for a change or a need that would occur in the future. Regardless of the situation, I aggressively tried to contact individuals who would be great candidates of the openings. As you can imagine, it was very frustrating when candidates would not answer, take weeks to respond, or respond and then become unresponsive. For people who are putting themselves out there as passive or active job seekers, why wouldn’t they take the time to respond to an opportunity?
I understand that life is busy and sometimes you don’t have time or access to respond right away. Or, maybe you’re not even interested in the role. But I feel that as a job seeker, you must do your due diligence. As a talent acquisition specialist, we need to be able to connect with prospective candidates for our job roles; which means we’re aggressively trying to reach out candidates that seem qualified for the role. This could mean we’re reaching out to several people on a daily basis in order to find the one individual who is interested and a rock star for the job requirement needs.
If you’re a job seeker looking for your next role, it would be in your best interest to try and respond ASAP. This might mean having your emails forwarded to your phone so you always have access to whoever is reaching out to you. Or this may mean setting aside time each day to check voicemails or emails and respond. Even if you can’t speak to the recruiter that day, it would be wise to let them know that you’re unavailable and make the effort to schedule a time when you are. This can help the recruiter keep you on their radar as a potential candidate before deciding who to move forward with.
Additionally, if you have connected with a recruiter it is absolutely imperative to stay responsive. There are times where I’ve witnessed candidates who had started the interviewing/application process and then fell off in the middle with no warning. They were also unreachable. Then several weeks later they would contact me again asking if the position was still open. That type of situation could make recruiters consider you unreliable and would potentially assume that you would do that if you did land the job. This is never a good side.
So, job seekers, keep yourself available. Recruiters are working so hard to find you and are trying to present great opportunities for you. Sometimes our job opening needs move fast, so make sure you respond as soon as you can in order to avoid any situation where you may miss out on a dream job opportunity.