Although obvious, many job seekers are left scratching their heads as to why they aren't getting call backs from potential employers. They scramble to obtain certifications and license, or run out to find the nearest career coach all in an effort to be more competitive.
Although job seekers may spend time and money making themselves more marketable to recruiters, a substantial amount of qualified candidates eliminate themselves from contention by ignoring some very basic rules of job etiquette.
Recruiters are by and large inundated with applications and resumes and will look for any way to cut down their workload. Uneducated job seekers are often times their unwilling victims. Check out the 5 things recruiters wish you knew.
Recruiters Don't Like To Read
Your resume is one amongst many. Don't complicate things by adding a cover letter. No one will likely read it. Recruiters peruse and skim. Pad your resumes with key words relevant to the job opening in order to get noticed.
The Early Bird Can Be Too Early
The early bird gets the worm, but arriving more than a half hour before your scheduled interview is down right annoying. Recruiters often stack their interviews or book their schedules very tightly. Applicants that arrive early are usually stuck waiting until their scheduled time anyway. It's awkward and uncomfortable if you are not expected.
First impressions are not just about looks
Business appropriate is not just about the clothes you wear. Perfume that arrives to the interview before you do or hangs around long after you've gone in many cases is enough reason not to get a call back. Noisy jewelery like large earrings and clanking bracelets are distracting as well as bright colored or unkempt hair. Lastly, your shoes matter. They don't have to be Prada, just clean, something many job applicants over look. Applicants that take care of their personal appearance often are detail-oriented and organized, two character traits recruiters look for.
Know something about the employer
Don't arrive to an interview unprepared. Almost every employer has a web site explaining their history and what they are all about. Recruiters consider those who have done the research top candidates. Just a few clicks of a mouse and you will come across as knowledgeable. No recruiter appreciates a blank stare when they ask, "What do you know about our company?"
Leaving multiple messages can hurt you
There is a saying that a closed mouth doesn't get fed. Or, the squeaky wheel gets the oil. Well in this case, recruiters that receive incessant messages, whether email or voicemail will surely put your resume at the bottom of the pile. After leaving one message give it a week before leaving another. Try an email after two days. If you haven't heard back from the recruiter after two weeks, it is typically safe to say the employer has decided to continue looking or accepted another candidate.