Candidates get frustrated when third party recruiters don’t call them back. So I have outlined my top 3 reasons why recruiters don’t call you back.
(1) Just because YOU think you can do the job, does not mean they think you are QUALIFIED for the job.
Search firms are paid a significant fee to find candidates the client company cannot find on their own. They are charged with having to determine if that candidate will exceed expectations for that client in the given job.
Frankly, it just does not matter that you think you can do the job.
The search firm has to ensure you have the proper years of experience, company caliber exposure, demonstrated track record of results, culture fit potential, professional training and educational credentials requested before sending you to their client. If you are missing one piece of it, typically you will not be considered by the search firm and never submitted for the job.
As long as you have neither been contacted by the search firm nor submitted to the company by them, apply through a different venue (following a personalized job search plan, where you are networking with new and existing contacts, submitting your resume directly to hiring managers, using the company’s website, etc) that does not add a fee to you are hired.
(2) Search firms are not paid by you, and therefore, do not work for you.
A common misconception among executive candidates is that third party recruiters work to find candidates jobs. This is not true. Third party recruiters work for the organization that hired the firm to find the talent—so a recruiter’s job is to find talent for the company that is paying them to do so.
If a candidate happens to be the individual placed into a job, the illusion is that the search firm found the candidate a job. Given this illusion, candidates will approach third party recruiters hoping they will be placed into a job. And when they don’t receive calls back, they get frustrated.
Additionally, credible search firms do not accept fees from candidates for representation to companies. As stated in reason #1, you will receive a call from the recruiter only if your background is dead on for their client. Search firms typically only get paid to make the placement.
(3) You paid a firm to send your resume to 1,000 recruiters… and it shows.
A very successful direct email campaign has a response rate of 1-2%. If you have a properly targeted, well written direct campaign to 1,000 contacts, you will get 10-20 quality calls.
If you have a well-written campaign sent to a random sampling of recruiters, you may get 5-15 calls from recruiters who may not place what you do. And if it is a non-targeted, poorly written campaign, no one will call—or you will receive calls to sell you job search services since you clearly need some help.
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