I begin to think that the plaintiffs have lost their internal compass when applying to positions. I have discussed this before but I find the subject difficult to ignore given the constant reintroduction of it to the forefront every time I call an applicant who is acting as they do not know the company that uses or the job they sought. As a partner, I take great interest and a spirit of discernment by accepting a mission, to ensure that the positions are of the caliber of solid companies that we represent would be ones I would be comfortable working for. In this, I expect applicants to offer similar time in their duty of care when applying roles – knowing where they applied and with whom. My thoughts are that ideal?
I do not think so. But I know that. If the response I get from candidates is the same as the direct hiring companies receive when they call, it is not surprising that the positions are not filled. Frankly, many of the applications are rude in the first approach. You let them know that they applied for a role in advertising a certain resource and it is too common to receive the following:
“I’m sorry. I applied for positions at both sites through so many years. Can you tell me again what is the role where he is and with whom? ”
This should be enough for me to hang up the phone so far. In some cases, it is what it takes to ensure the conversation is short, especially if the applicant was limited in the first place. I wonder why people even bother to take the time to apply. Accepting a call from a hiring manager, HR or a recruiter must be made with an understanding that this is what could make / break your ability to get a role. This kind of professionalism is not present with a lot of candidates who apply.
Spamming is the abuse of electronic messaging systems to send messages indiscriminately unsolicited mass according to Wikipedia. I see similarities between this approach and Starking that some applicants to take the approach of career. The methodology of hunting proves unprofessional when approached by a potential employer and there is no memory of the application.
Word to the wise. Regardless of the volume of applications out there, keep a list. Note the details, where, when you applied for a role and understand who the contacts could be. I’m not saying that having a full bio off is necessary to answer the call, but a quick reference is needed to ensure that the client realizes that this is a high level of interest from the applicant. Stay cool and your toes, you never know who will be calling.