Not so long ago I found my dream job advertised. I was SO excited. I polished my resume and included my most up to date skills; I wrote a fabulous job application and even included something a little out of left field with my application so I might be remembered. I sat back and waited for the phone call asking me to come in for an interview because I was their dream candidate.
And I waited, and I waited…….
How many times have you applied for a job thinking you had a real chance at it and then heard NOTHING? Sometimes not even an acknowledgement that your application has been received.
You might wait two weeks and give the company a call or send them an email and sometimes still get no reply. You feel frustrated because you don’t know if the job is still open or if you should still be hopeful.
When four weeks pass and you haven’t heard anything the light starts to fade from your eyes and all hope of getting the dream job withers away. You must now consider the next job to apply for.
This, unfortunately, seems to be ‘situation normal’ now. There are even disclaimers on job advertisements with lines such as
“If you haven’t heard from us in 4 weeks consider the job to be taken”
“We will only contact shortlisted candidates”
I’m sad and I’m angry about the way recruiters and companies treat job applicants. It feels like candidates are more like a number than than a person striving for their next big break. Companies have lost sight of the fact that they should be selling the company as a great place to work, regardless of the economy and how many people may apply.
So, if you’re a recruitment company or a business advertising for new roles, you can easily become an employer of choice by doing just this one thing -
Yes, it is that easy!
As a candidate, I’ve gone to a huge effort to write a great job application for you and I only want three things in return -
an acknowledgement that you have received it
if the process has been delayed, I want to know I’m still in the race; and
even if I don’t get an interview I want a notification to tell me the process has been completed so I can move on and start applying for other jobs.
Many companies now have automated recruitment solutions so there no excuses for not keeping applicants informed but even if you don’t have these systems it only requires a couple of templates to keep people informed.
If you can do that you will stand head and shoulders above the rest of the pack and win the admiration of applicants. Even those who don’t win the job will still be impressed that you contacted them because NOBODY else is doing it.
It doesn’t matter if the job is in the mail room or a senior executive position everyone deserves to be acknowledged for the time and effort they have taken to bother applying for a job at YOUR company.
I was lucky enough to get my dream job, even after a lengthy delay in the recruitment process, and I implemented this one change for my organisation because what was once said about nerds can ring equally true for candidates -
“Be nice to nerds, they’ll probably be your boss one day”
So, take some time to review your recruitment processes, build the templates to acknowledge all applicants for all positions and watch your employer reputation soar.
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