Waiting for an email from recruiters? Read this


Waiting is hard to do.  And we’re getting worse and worse at it.

We are so used to getting results NOW that asking any of us to be patient is like, well, expecting us wait for a web page to slowly load. As if. About 32% of us will give up on a slow-loading page within just 1 to 5 seconds, according to studies.

Expecting instant results is the new normal. 

We stream TV shows on demand, we use apps so we don’t have to wait for a cab, or even for a Starbucks coffee. And when we send an email?  Sure, we might tell ourselves that we won’t hear back right away, but deep down, we feel like we should.

Studies confirm those feelings.  A 2016 workplace study shows 70% of people actually expect a response from coworkers within four hours, and about 30% expect a response within one hour.

At The Bagg Group we get how difficult it can be to wait to hear back from a recruiter.

We also know that many take it personally when a recruiter doesn’t email back –and that’s a terrible thing because it’s definitely not personal.

The reason you don’t hear back is simply because there’s nothing to tell.

When a recruiter has news, they will reach out. And remember, not everybody is working on the same urgent timetable.  A hiring manager at a company, for example, could get busy with a lot of different things and end up pushing interviewing candidates for a position lower down on their to-do list.

Tips for when you’re not getting an email back

Be open to opportunity:  Whenever you get a call from a recruiter with a possibility of work, check it out even if you’re not sure. You could be pleasantly surprised.  We know, we’ve seen it happen so often over our 46 year history!  Also, remember that contract or a temporary placement could be a good for right now option.

Good relationships are a two-way street:  Your recruiter wants to help you find work. And if you can ever help your recruiter, in turn, by referring someone who may be an excellent candidate for a certain type of opportunity, you’ll earn their appreciation.  And so will the contact whose name you passed on.

Apply each time you see a position on our job board:   Every single resume received by Bagg Pro, Bagg Technology Resources, Bagg@Your Service, Bagg Managed Resources, and Turn Key Solutions is read by recruiters.  You can be sure of that.  And we do keep resumes on file.  Still, we expect –more than that, we urge you — to always look at our job board and  submit your application to each  job that interests you, every time you see one.  You do need to be proactive. 

Remember, people read but don’t always respond:  Keep your recruiter up-to-date, check in every three weeks or so with a very brief email to let them know you’re still available. But don’t fret about a reply.  You can be sure recruiter will definitely read it, take note, and answer if they have an opportunity to tell you about.

Stay active and stay looking:  Working with a recruiter is one way to find a job, but as the saying goes, many roads lead to Rome. Networking is hugely important so dedicate time and effort to it.  Almost 50% of opportunities happen through networking.  If you don’t have a lot of contacts, work on making some by joining associations, volunteering, etc.

Recruiters are not therapists:  Recruiters’ expertise is in finding the right people for a particular job. So stick to work related topics and don’t try to make them into a shoulder to cry on or a counselor, in person or by email. All recruiters truly appreciate how frustrating a job search can be, but to do their job  — and to help you in the only way they can — they must focus exclusively on your skills, experience, and strengths.

Stay positive:  Attitude changes everything.  It’s an important job-hunting strategy to let go of negative thoughts and keep up your optimism and your confidence up, because that makes you a much better candidate – not to mention a happier person.

Gene Hayden, author of The Follow-Through Factor: Getting from Doubt to Done (Random House), is a career coach who has helped hundreds successfully put their best foot forward at interviews and in the workplace. She is also writer-in-residence for The Bagg Group.


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