These Might Be The Reasons Why The Recruiters Ghost You
Rene Cheng
August 3rd, 2021
Why Recruiters Ghost You
Imagine you went through all the application process and went through the interview process, you are feeling confident that you have got this job. But then, the recruiter just ended up disappearing, and you simply just can’t get ahold of them. You don’t know where to go and are not sure what your next steps are. So let’s break it down and talk about some of the reasons why the recruiter ghosts you. 
First and foremost, there are many reasons why recruiters ghost you. Let’s talk about some non-related candidacy factors that could cause a recruiter to ghost a potential candidate. Recruiters are working hard to find the right talent for the position; they are the messenger and not the decision-maker, saying Jodi Brandstetter, a Design-Thinking Recruiting Expert. There are times when recruiters never get feedback from the hiring manager, making it hard to notify the candidate why they did not get the job. So, let’s be mindful of that. Time is also another factor, recruiters’ plates are usually full, and they may simply not have time to catch up with every applicant. Although almost all recruiters try to get back to every last candidate who gets in touch with them, sometimes it is simply isn’t possible. With a mixture of the sheer volume of applications, irrelevant applications, and other potential factors, following up with every candidate is challenging, says Joe Flanagan, Senior Employment Advisor at VelvetJobs
So now, let’s talk about candidacy-related factors that may cause you to be ignored by a recruiter: 
Reason 1: Your resume is way too long & irrelevant 
The recruiters might ignore you simply because your resume and cover letters are not personalized or too long and filled with irrelevant information. Joe Flanagan suggested that all cover letters and introductions should be short and to the point by highlighting one or two significant aspects of the applications, like skills and achievements. 

The resume and cover letters should begin with the most relevant information about the applicant’s expertise, skills, or experience. Sometimes applicants would portray every small win on a resume. However, this is the information that could be discussed during the first interview or conversation. 

Reason 2: Your resume & cover letter is filled with mistakes
Isabel Ludick, the Marketing Director at ExcitedCats, says that some of the instant turn-off points in a candidate are lousy email etiquette, no email signature with irrelevant information, no LinkedIn profile link, and obsessive follow-ups. 
Tip: With follow-ups for a job application, one follow-up is enough. 

Olivia Tan, the Co-founder at CocoFax, also mentions that one of the main reasons she does not respond to every job seeker is that the cover letter had grammatical errors and is not personalized for the position. 
Reason 3: Your First Interaction Was NOT productive 
There are times when you would want to test the waters before jumping into a job inquiry. However, Eden Cheng, the Co-Founder at PeopleFinderFree, says job seekers should try to be direct in their correspondence with recruiters because doing so ensures that your exchange is targeted and productive. As mentioned before, recruiters are often super busy with other tasks, which means the initial outreach must be short, clear, and simple without including an extensive list of questions or requests for support. Meanwhile, try to avoid being too direct as well, as it may seem too demanding. Recruiters often receive messages from people who want something, so the best way to stay out is to do the opposite.

Here is a good example:
"Hi there, I know you are probably dealing with a lot of messages at the moment, but I am considering throwing my hat in for the open xxx position and am wondering if you might be able to provide any insight? Any feedback you could give me would be appreciated." 
This shows that you are considerate of their time, and it is also an excellent way to break the ice gently, without looking like you forcefully want something from them.

Tip: An effective inquiry could include a request for details about a hiring timeline or a simple confirmation of a submitted application. 

So, now, what can you do to avoid being ghosted? 
Of course, other than having a well-written resume and cover letter, other factors could be avoided by being ghosted by a recruiter. 
Tip 1: Ask the right questions
Jodi Brandstetter suggests that whenever speaking to a recruiter or a hiring manager, ask them about their timeline to decide the next step or role. This can provide you a general idea of when you will receive a call or email from the recruiter. 
Tip 2: Ask for their contact information 
Always ask what the best way to contact them is. It could be an email, LinkedIn, phone call, whichever one to ensure you can get ahold of the recruiter after your first initial interaction. 

The list can go on and on; what are your tips on not getting ghosted by a recruiter? Tell us by messaging us at [email protected]. It is essential to know that recruiters are also humans, and it could be hard for them to go through all the applications all at once and respond to every one of them. To make a positive impression, use their authenticity and personality to craft a message that will attract the recruiters’ eyes. It might be inevitable for recruiters to ghost applicants due to a vast volume of applications, but surely, we should understand that we have many on our plates, the same as recruiters. 
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