Updated: Sep 26
Tired of submitting your resume to job posting after job posting with no response from recruiters for weeks? If so, you are not alone. Over ⅕ of submitted job applications never get a response from a recruiter. However, the good news is that it probably isn’t due to anything having to do with you or your experience.
Human resources personnel today are often overwhelmed with hundreds of resumes and applications per position, making it near impossible to give feedback to every person that applied. If this sounds like you, here are 5 ways you can make yourself stand out to recruiters for a better shot at an interview.
INTRODUCE YOURSELF DIRECTLY
Given that recruiters receive dozens of applications every day, this may seem like a non-useful tip. However, when you introduce yourself directly to a recruiter, it shows your genuine interest in the role and also saves them the time of drafting an email to you! By taking initiative and introducing yourself, you can set your application apart from the hundreds of others.
MAKE INTERVIEWS YOUR TOP PRIORITY
Nothing is more annoying to a recruiter than a candidate who is unwilling to work around their schedule to interview. Being flexible and catering to your recruiter’s availability will set you apart from non-willing candidates and score you major points with your recruiter. Their days are busy enough as is, so a little flexibility on your part will go a long way with them.
RESPOND THE SAME DAY
Timely responses are crucial to the application process. If you wait too long to respond to an email, chances are you have already been counted out for the position. Companies do not want to hire people with poor time management skills, and responding late to an email is a big indicator. Additionally, recruiters are just as busy as the rest of us. Helping them out with a timely response helps them to get their job done faster and makes them more likely to give you an interview.