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R13 #AskTheRecruiter

I haven’t heard back about a job I applied for. What do I do?

Question submitted by Lewis (Finance Sector)

It is always frustrating when you’ve applied for a role that you are really interested in but then you end up hearing nothing back. At R13 we pride ourselves on the level of service we provide and so we aim to keep candidates updated throughout every stage of the recruitment process.

Here are some tips on what to do if you haven’t heard back for a while.

If you applied through a recruiter…

The first step here is to contact your consultant directly. Ping them a quick email just to find out the status of your application. A good recruiter will get back to you to let you know and be honest with you about the stage you’re at.

If you don’t get a response from the call in and see if you can speak with your consultant over the phone. If they aren’t available, try to see if there is anyone else who can have a chat with you in their absence. If you have done all this and still aren’t getting a response from your recruiter, then it might be time to start looking into a different agency, since the worst thing as a candidate is not knowing what the situation is.

If you applied directly…

It may be worth checking with the hiring manager for the role to see if your application has been received. Give them a call to see and ask what the status of the application process is at, at the moment. However, do not pester them as this may lead to them remembering you for the wrong reasons.

Its also worth noting that many jobs will have small disclaimers at the bottom saying that if you don’t hear back within a certain period you are not successful or notifying you that successful applicants will be contacted by a certain time. Some adverts may also have specific end dates, so it may be the case that the application process for the role hasn’t ended yet. Make sure to check the adverts when you are applying and keep track of the timeframe for each role, that way you can monitor where you are at more easily and make a note of when you need to call to chase up your application.

If you are applying for lots of role and not hearing anything back, then maybe your CV isn't highlighting your skills and experience to be able to do the job in question, or you are applying for roles which do not fit your experience and expertise. We always suggest its beneficial to tailor your CV and supporting letter for each job you apply for. If you need any tips, then please get in contact today and R13 can send you our CV support information.

We hope this information has helped to answer this week’s #AskTheRecruiter question. Please do keep sending in any questions you have to info@rthirteen.co.uk.

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