You’ve applied to the position, received an electronic confirmation your resume was received, and you may have even successfully completed the interview process. You kick your feet up waiting for the interviews and job offers to roll. But a couple of days and weeks go by and you still haven’t heard anything. What happened? What’s a neglected job seeker supposed to do? Before reaching out to the nanny agency or recruiter take a step back a look at the situation from your recruiters perspective if you are working with a top nanny or domestic agency:
Nanny Recruiter daily job responsibilities:
• They spend about four to five hours a day on the phone.
• They make contact with about 600 people every week through in-person interviews, telephone screens, and other types of communication.
• They can receive anywhere from 500 to 1,000 emails every day.
• The office receives at least 100+ calls from potential job seekers daily.
Now that you have a mental picture of a recruiter’s daily challenges, here are some highly recommended strategies you should use in order to get a recruiter’s attention. Here’s five things you can do to help your recruiter better help you:
1) Email, Don’t Call.
Skip the phone and send email. Keep it simple. A few sentences reminding the recruiter of something specific you discussed or asking for next steps in the process is the best way to go. Be sure to include your full name and contact information on each correspondence. If you are responding to a specific job posting take the time to highlight your experience and back it up with specific examples of why you are a good fit. Reaching out once a week is a good best practice.
2) Develop a Comprehensive Resume Recruiters need to know the details about every position you held even the ones that only lasted three months. While you may choose to minimize employment gaps you need to be upfront and honest with the recruiter – about everything. Unexplained job gaps and interruptions in work history can be “red flags” that can take your resume to the bottom of the pile.
3) Contact References. You may have presented a stellar resume but if your work cannot be verified your recruiter is unable to represent you. Period. When a recruiter has difficulty reaching your references they’ll eventually move onto the next candidate. Be proactive. Contact your references directly requesting that they get in touch with your recruiter to prevent your job search from being stalled.
4) Be proactive, not desperate. It’s perfectly acceptable to show your enthusiasm when following up. That’s a good thing. But please don’t be desperate or communicate how much you are in need of work. It’s a huge turn off that will have the opposite effect. If your calling and emailing multiple times a day you may be viewed as inpatient or high maintenance and your recruiter will most likely pass you over
5) Don’t be a square peg in a round hole. If the hiring family is looking for a newborn specialist, please don’t try to “sell” us on why your experience with teenagers is transferrable. Remember our clients are paying us to present candidates who most closely align with their ideal profile.
6) Demonstrate Professional Maturity. Recruiters learn a lot about candidates during the selection process. The worst part of a recruiter’s job is telling someone they weren’t selected for an interview or get a job offer. However, your recruiter is more likely to consider you for future opportunities if you handle the news gracefully and express your willingness to get back on the saddle again. The most successful job seekers are not easily discouraged and maintain a positive attitude.
Cooperation and collaboration are the keys to a successful recruiter-candidate relationship. If you are a great candidate, well prepared, professional, and know exactly what you are looking for – you will not be forgotten by a recruiter. I hope these tips help and happy job hunting!