Over the past couple months, I’ve been offering tactical support to a friend who’s working hard to find a full-time job. Along the way, I’ve been using all the tricks TheLadders editorial team has gleaned to communicate value to potential employers and to stay ahead of the process. After all, we know a lot about how recruiters and hiring managers navigate a crowded field of candidates, how resumes get handled and how your next employer identifies that one perfect match from a short list of finalists.
However, the fact remains that the process is still obscure to most job seekers; all too often, qualified candidates do find themselves facing a “black hole” that offers them no new information about the position for which they’ve gone out.
I’m going to give my friend Kevin Fogarty’s piece on the phenomenon. In this package, Kevin talks with recruiters about the stages of a candidacy; the reasons you may not be receiving feedback about the status of your application; and some rules of thumb about when to push, when to wait and when to move on.
Persistence is important, but when it’s overtaken by frustration, it’s probably time to focus on other opportunities. "What should you expect when you apply for a job? Neglect," Sally Haver, senior vice president of business development at recruiting firm The Ayers Group/Career Partners International, told Kevin. "There are all kinds of things that happen behind the scenes, from someone being out sick to someone else realizing they didn't do their due diligence to find an internal candidate to people on the inside lobbying for someone they're championing. If you are passed over during all that, odds are you'll never know what happened."