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Let's be clear, are you just fishing?

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Posted on 17th May 2018 at 10:00am by Amanda Franks FIRP in Clients, Job seekers

Let’s be clear, are you just fishing?

You want a job, we want to find you a job. Simple right?

It seems not.

Every morning we come into 10 – 20 emails and applications applying for jobs or asking to be registered. In this candidate driven market there is nothing more exciting than new applications. The reality is though that these people seem to turn to dust at the point they press send! We call, we email and 70% of them don’t come back to us to discuss the roles that they’ve applied for.

I know I will be bombarded with comments saying agencies never return our calls. In some instances that may be true, but it seems if you make a positive action to make contact you would want a call back?

Perhaps the simplicity of the application process is to blame. A scattergun approach to pressing send to every advert that arrives in the inbox. In many cases when you do have a conversation about the role the candidate has no idea what they applied for the night before.

My question is how do job seekers job hunt in 2018?

Do they fish the market and see what nibbles they get, or do they apply for jobs they desperately want? In the “olden” days there was significant effort put in for each application. CV adapted to the role, a cover letter and all that followed up with a prompt call at 9am to make sure it was received.

It could be a generational thing or a reaction to the lack of response candidates get to applications. Either way I wish job seekers would pick up the phone and speak to us. We take all calls and sometimes we can’t help but recruitment will always be a human to human process.

Whilst we are going back to the “olden” days, employers and agencies are to blame too. How long does it take to decline an application? Well it used to be a couple of minutes but with the number of “fishermen” in the process it would now take a much longer time and so some have taken to not replying. Simply rude but time must be used productively so maybe understandable.

Call me old fashioned if you like, but I think quality over quantity wins every time. As recruiters we need to identify who has put the effort in and make sure we feed back and speak to them. They may not be right for a role that day but quality applicants are hard to find so bring them on board and recruit for them.

At Frankly Recruitment we have a team goal, to raise the standards in our industry. Sometime though, it does feel like we are swimming against the tide.



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