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  • Writer's pictureMatthew Coppola

Why Recruiters HARDLY EVER Get Back To Candidates

Have you ever applied for a job advertised by a recruitment agency in Australia, only not to hear back from them at all? In this article, I will explain why many recruiters don't get back to candidates.


You go through the trouble of preparing your resume and cover letter, tailoring it for the position, attaching it to the online application form, and then clicking submit. But weeks pass, and you hear nothing, not a word from the recruiter. Sometimes you might receive an automated response saying that they received your application, but that's as far as it goes.


It can feel heartbreaking, especially if you made so much effort and energy to polish up your CV and prepare a customised cover letter outlining why you want the job and what you have to offer, only to feel almost ghosted by them.


It begs the question, why do recruiters hardly ever get back to candidates with an outcome?


It's no wonder why recruitment agencies and consultants get a bad rap. Many professionals feel the recruiter is just talent pooling and wasting people's precious time.


Many recruitment consultants, not all, though, hardly get back to candidates with an outcome because they are time-poor and too busy trying to fill critical roles for their clients. They have likely spoken to many people in a day and don't have the time to get back to every candidate individually. Once they've reviewed someone's resume and feel they would be suitable for the role, they'll call them. If not, they won't.


It's essential for job seekers to understand this and not take it personally. If you are applying for jobs, it's best to have the mentality of 'send and forget' rather then waste your energy waiting on an employer to get back to you. You have much better things to do with your time and focus on applying for other roles.

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