Your résumé is in order, you were open and honest about your past experience, and you even went through the trouble of figuring out an objective that clearly outlines your career direction, but your recruiter has yet to get you a job. What gives?
As you probably know, recruiters are not hiring managers. They’re not in the position to make you a job offer. What they are responsible for is finding qualified candidates, matching those candidates with the perfect job, and then getting them in front of hiring managers.
Unfortunately, a few things can get in the way, such as:
Timing Wasn’t Right
Everybody knows you never show up late to an interview. But that’s not the only occasion when timing means everything. There may not be any jobs available at this point in time that fit your background and skills. And even when your background and skills do match, you may not be a fit with the company culture.
Many of the questions asked during your initial interview inform your recruiter whether you fit the role and the company. Let’s say your experience aligns with the position, but your ideal work environment doesn’t coincide with that of the company. Chances are you wouldn’t be happy in the position.
Remember, it’s the responsibility of the recruiter to match not just the candidate to the position but the candidate to the company. It can take time to find you the right job at the right company.
Credentials Don’t Match
You studied marketing in college, interned at a media firm, and now you’re looking to make the leap to a company in a completely unrelated industry. Your education and experience may seem impressive, but it’ll raise doubts with an employer about your real motives. Will you stay for any length of time? Or is this just a filler job until a better opportunity comes along?
You may also appear to be underqualified for the role when your credentials and experience don’t match. Hiring managers usually seek a very close fit to the job at hand. Make sure to elaborate on all elements of past jobs or internships with your recruiter. Sometimes, résumés don’t tell the whole story. Give your recruiter all the information necessary to find you the job you hope to land.
And above all else, let your recruiter do his or her job. Recruiters often know what a company is looking for in a candidate. Why waste your time by having you interview for a job that isn’t a match? It could affect that company’s confidence in the recruiter’s ability to identify talent, and you just lost out on any other opportunity that may come along in the future at that employer.
Position Already Filled
Today’s job market moves at a clip. When employers find a good applicant, they act fast. Otherwise, they risk losing talent to the competition. It’s one of the main reasons more and more companies have tightened their hiring timelines, leading to roughly 44 percent of jobs being filled within 30 days of being posted.
Compounding the problem are those promotions from within. More than 50 percent of job openings will go to an internal candidate. And even if hiring managers intend to promote internally, many post the position — and conduct a few interviews just to make sure. Neither you nor your recruiter will have a way to identify if you are interviewing for a position that is already filled with an internal employee.
To ensure you are utilizing your recruiter to his or her fullest potential, make sure you are reaching out to him or her regularly to ask about any potential opportunities on the horizon. When you connect with your recruiter, it is also a great time to update him or her on any changes in your job search. It’s all about being proactive, keeping your name top of mind as new openings crop up, and ensuring your recruiter understands what you are looking for in a position.