Job-ApplicationYou’ve found the dream job with the right salary, location and benefits. You’ve spent time tweaking your CV, writing a detailed cover letter and you’ve hit submit. Now it’s time to play the waiting game. Though at times the wait can go on for weeks and can be disheartening to not hear from a recruiter. Reed has come up with a few common reasons as to why you might not have heard from them yet:

  1. They’re playing the field:

It is still, to some extent, a recruiter’s market which means that they will very rarely get in touch with a candidate straight away. As with any role, they will have received a large amount of applications, which means that they will be assessing each one before they reach out to any candidate, no matter how perfect you might be for the role. So don’t panic if it has been a few days since you applied, they can take up to a month to contact you.

  1. They’re too busy to commit:

Hiring Managers can have a very busy schedule as in most instances they are trying to fill more than one role at a time. There are also so many applicants applying for one role that they may not have even got to your application yet, so remain patient.

  1. They’re just not that into you:

So you’ve made sure that in your CV and cover letter that you hit all the requirements for the role and are the perfect fit, but this may not be the case in the recruiter’s opinion. Don’t let this get you down though, there is plenty more recruiter’s in the sea. It is important to take every application as a learning experience and act on the improvements that need to be made.

  1. They love you, but they’re not in love with you:

In a recruiter’s market, it is always important to stand out from the crowd. They may have liked your CV and the personality that has come across but that is may not have been enough. In most cases, if you haven’t done enough in the recruiter’s opinion, you may not even be contacted.

The worst thing to do in this situation is nothing and it never hurts to ask why you didn’t make the cut. The simplest thing to do is to call the company and ask if your application has been successful, in most cases they can give individual feedback which provides constructive criticism allowing you to put plans in place to improve your application in the future. By getting in touch with the company it shows that you are proactive and have a genuine interest in the role. At the end of the day, it could be something simple that can be rectified quickly and easily.

Read more at: http://www.reed.co.uk/career-advice/blog/2013/june/why-havent-they-called-the-importance-of-asking-for-feedback?utm_medium=scl&utm_source=twitt&utm_campaign=job_scl_twitt_&utm_content=CA