We have written recently that the market is showing signs of recovery and that job flow is increasing. Indeed, I have personally seen a marked increase over the summer when I had been warning candidates earlier in the year that things would slow down…you live and learn! It is all hands to the pumps and well, I am having to work that little bit harder!
So, on Sunday night I decided to clear the weekend’s email and CV applications with the view to walking in to a clean slate first thing Monday morning. I spent around 90 minutes reading CVs and responding where required. I cleared about 60 CVs. 90 seconds isn’t a lot of time to spend reading a CV but the volumes are so high that you just do not have the time to do much more. I receive anywhere from 40-60 applications per day. On average around 80% of the applications will be from candidates whom have absolutely no relevant industry or job experience. A large proportion will be from School leavers looking for their first £90k job!
If the candidate is not right for the role I do respond (it is a company policy and one that I support wholeheartedly) via email. Yesterday I received this response from one candidate who I had informed was not right for the position he had applied for:
“Wow! Job Rejection on a Sunday Evening!! That’s a new one!
“a number of applicants who more closely fit our clients stringent criteria”…blah! – a new collection of words different from what I usually get from you people.
“Should we be handling any other assignments”….never heard that one!
Yet another lip-service bullsh*t response where you are clearly lying.
“We will be in touch”….When what you really mean to say is…”we don’t think your CV OR yourself will make us any money so we will sign off with a patronising kiss off line and promptly shred your CV and never contact you again”!
Why don’t you a**holes be honest for once.
The individual in question lived two hours from the job location, had no management experience (having applied for a middle management role) nor any directly relevant functional job experience. His application was speculative at best and interestingly there was no personalised message.
I would like to respond to each of the points he makes:
So, back to the point of the blog, do candidates want acknowledgement of an application?
I suspect the overwhelming answer is yes. I receive emails like the one above several times a month but I receive ten times as many with simple thanks for letting them know (and this always makes me take the time to consider if I have any other vacancy for them which may be suitable).
Recruiters are not a bunch of arrogant, self absorbed, unfeeling idiots. We know looking for a job is tough, lonely and at times degrading (the poor chap last week at an interview for Currys springs to mind). Taking your frustration out on the very people that you may later rely on for future help is at its best ill considered and its worst infantile.
What do you think?
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