Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter explains what you must do if a recruiter calls you or emails you after you submit a resume.
I want to talk with you today about an experience I’ve had recently that I think is absolutely ridiculous. You, as a job hunter, cannot do this.
You send a resume to a recruiter after seeing a job that they had online. You receive an email or phone call from the recruiter and what don’t you do?
Respond to them.
I’m not saying you shall respond instantaneously, but, you saw a job! I’m staring at a bunch of messages that I left 2 days ago. I haven’t gotten over for return phone call from these people. If I sent them an email. I haven’t received a response.
A phone call. Very simple. A conversation. 5 minutes. Responding to an email to answer a few questions so I can discern whether you fit. 5 minutes. Very easy to do.
No response? Come on!
You are in job hunting mode and don’t respond to people when there’s a position available? Help me understand how this makes sense to you.
I’m not going to encourage you. I’m going to demand, Once you send out a resume, you have a commitment to respond when someone leaves a message for you. After all, they’ve invested effort in responding to you. It is rude not to respond back.
You may say the reverse is also true. Recruiters don’t call me back. Well, if you sent out spam to them (a resume that in no way, shape or form was close to fitting the job that you are submitting it for) why do you expect the call back? After all, all you are doing is wasting their time.
However, if you said that a resume for job that you appear to fit AND you have gotten a call from 1 of them, or an email seeking clarification of some points, you have a fish on the hook! Reel it in!
Do you think employers are trying to help you? You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell you as much as they think you need to know to take the job they after representing so they collect their payday.
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