How Not To Be Annoying In Your Job Search

07/12/15

When you are searching for a job it can be really hard to balance all the components you need to be successful.

Not only do you need to be focused, detail orientated, efficient and committed, you also need to make sure that you keep positive relationships with all those you come across in your job hunt.

Particularly when you are looking for your first role and super excited to get started it can sometimes be difficult to balance coming across eager and excited with being desparate and annoying to those whom you encounter.

When you are searching for a job it can be really hard to balance all the components you need to be successful. Not only do you need to be focused, detail orientated, efficient and committed, you also need to make sure that you keep positive relationships with all those you come across in your job hunt.

Particularly when you are looking for your first role and super excited to get started it can sometimes be difficult to balance coming across eager and excited with being desperate and annoying to those whom you encounter.

1. Hound the recruiter

Yes it is okay to be persistent and eager. You should be certainly be following up on applications you have made and checking in with how your application is progressing but it is important to not be too eager.

A recruiter explained to me that she posted an entry level Accounts Payable role and had over 500 applications. One candidate called her four times every day for a week to see how her application was going. For the first two calls the recruiter was impressed by her commitment, but by call number 8 she was recognising the number, screening the call and had chosen another candidate to shortlist. Be eager and excited but don’t become a stalker!  

2. Applying for roles you are not qualified for

I always encourage our students to ensure that they match at least 70% of the job specification before applying. You do not need to meet every single criteria but you must make sure your application is relevant.

A HR manager for a large multi-national explained to me that she often sees candidates apply for pretty much every role they have on offer regardless of how suitable they are. If you are an accounting graduate and are applying for roles in Sales, Marketing, Finance, IT and Accounting, think about how credible your application will look.

Remember it will normally be the same recruiter who sees your application or it will be entered in a tracking system. If you are applying for multiple roles without meeting the criteria you will find your credibility will be severely diminished.

3. Not accepting feedback and constructive criticism

If you have interviewed for a role or met with a recruiter and they offer you feedback, take it! Feedback is invaluable in helping you grow as a professional and should be something you actively seek.

I once interviewed a candidate and spent a considerable time giving her feedback after the interview. She disagreed with every point I made and refused to take the feedback on board. This left a really negative impression on me as the recruiter and in turn didn’t help her progress. Be open to feedback and be positive.

4. No voicemail and not returning calls

One of the most annoying traits of a jobseeker is one who is not contactable. Recruiters especially work in a fast paced environment and need to make contact with potential candidates quickly. If you are actively looking for a new role you need to be reachable and responsive. By not having a voicemail activated and not returning phone calls you are ensuring the recruiter will move on to the next applicant and leave your application in the pile.

5. Being 'all about me'

When you are searching for your first role, particularly in a competitive market such as entry level accounting or IT, you need to be realistic. You are often competing with over 500 applications for one entry level role therefore you need to be flexible, adaptable and open to giving the company what they need rather than what you want.

An internal recruiter explained this saying they recently shortlisted for a Level 1 Helpdesk role from over 600 applications. When they shortlisted the final few candidates he was astounded about the demands put on the role. One of the candidates was not flexible on the interview date, the time, the location, the starting salary or the holiday package.

Pick your time to be choosey about roles. If you are starting your career and are competing with 500 candidates you really need to be flexible. Don’t waste six months of job searching by turning down a final offer just because it doesn’t meet every need you have. Be flexible and open. 

Want to be be successful in your job search? Avoid those five ways to annoy recruiters and you will be viewed more favourably! 

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