Candidates, Why Recruiters Don’t Call You?
Recruiters are “useless” right…? “I take time out to send them my CV and they never call me back…!!”. “They’re a waste of space…!!”
How often has this comment been made on LinkedIn? It’s usually accompanied by the comment that “The recruiter could at least call me for a couple of minutes it’s really not that much to ask….”
Well, I was thinking about this so thought I’d scribble down a few words to let you know how it is from our side.
On an average day I get around 20-30 CV’s in my inbox and if I could find roles for every single one of you I would be the maestro of recruitment. In fact, after doing this for a couple of years I could retire to my tropical paradise and sip cocktails for the rest of my days…..unfortunately, though it’s not like that.
It’s absolutely true that taking a couple of minutes to call someone who’s sent me a CV isn’t that much to ask……from a candidates point of view…..and it would be a perfectly reasonable statement to make if I was only dealing with 1 candidate, however let’s see what happens when we apply this in the real world.
So….I receive 20-30 CV’s a day – let’s average it out and say 25, and I call every single one of you, each call taking a couple of minutes (and let’s be honest here, it’s quite likely that the calls would be a lot longer than a couple of minutes), there goes almost an hour out of my day – Now that doesn’t sound too bad, does it? After all, I still have another 7 hours to work. However, let’s continue with the maths… 1hr per day = 5 hours per week – Let’s assume I work 48 weeks per year (Even recruiters are allowed holidays after all 🙂 ) …. 5 hours per week now adds up to 240 hours a year or – to put it in a more understandable way – 30 business days a year.
Can you imagine the conversation I would have with my manager if I told him I was going to spend 6 weeks just letting candidates know I’d received their CV’s?
There are many reasons why we don’t call you back the minute we receive your CV, reasons that are probably best left for another day and another blog – Part II perhaps, however rest assured that if you look like a good match we will call you back, pronto…..if you don’t get a call don’t feel too downhearted, we have your details and our memories are long, when we get a position we think you would be good for we will call you…..promise…..
Until then, though, bear with us, the issue is a lack of time not a lack of decency……
This blog was written by Mark Kellett – Mark works in our Sydney office. His primary focus here is hiring high calibre software and hardware engineers, individuals with proven experience in Embedded Systems, Firmware, Hardware design and full product lifecycle experience in the M2M – IoT industry.
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