5 Reasons Job Recruiters Aren't Calling You Back

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By Donna Fuscaldo

Job seekers need every advantage in the current labor market to find full-time employment, but they may be unknowingly committing cardinal job-hunting sins that immediately take them out of the running for certain positions.

When it comes to job seeking, "it's not a numbers game," says Vinda Rao, the marketing manager at online recruiting software company Bullhorn. "It's a matter of quality."

To learn what turns off recruiters, Bullhorn polled 1,500 recruiters and hiring managers, here's what the survey found:

Annoyance No. 1: Applying for Irrelevant Jobs

Applying for a job isn't like playing a game of darts. If your experience is in marketing, don't apply for a job that requires a Ph.D. in science.

More than 40 percent of survey respondents cited applications from job hunters who have no experience or expertise for a certain position as their top annoyance.

"A lot of people will spray and pray," says Rao. "They will send out resumes to multiple positions thinking one will stick."

Annoyance No. 2: Exaggerating Qualifications

You want to sell yourself in your resume and during an interview, but don't make invalid claims that you can't back up.

According to the Bullhorn survey, 21 percent of recruiters and hiring managers cited exaggerating skills and qualifications as a major turnoff. It's acceptable to say that you speak Spanish if you can easily carry a conversation -- but if your claim is only backed up by the Spanish 1 and 2 classes that you took in high school, that doesn't qualify, says Rao.

If you really don't possess the skills or qualifications that you detail on a resume and during an interview, it will eventually become exposed, warns Rao.

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Annoyance No. 3: It's All About Money

Yes, everyone deserves a paycheck and we should all strive for a substantial paycheck, but that shouldn't be your only goal.

When money is your only focus, it can send the wrong message and annoy recruiters and hiring managers, which is why 15 percent cited that as the worst behavior. "It's really hard to promote you to the hiring company if you're only in it for the money," says Rao. It also sends the message that you aren't loyal and won't be a team player, she says.

Annoyance No. 4: Responding to Jobs Above Your Skill Level

Ambition is good as long as it doesn't become delusional. Recruiters and hiring managers don't want to be inundated with resumes from people who don't have the experience and skills required for the job, which is why 13 percent named that as the most annoying behavior.

"It's very common for someone who is fresh out of college working in an entry-level position to apply to be a director," says Rao. "Even if it's in the same field, you have to earn that spot. You can't jump into a spot five weeks after graduation that you need 10 years' experience for."

Annoyance No. 5: Stalking the Recruiter

Following up on a resume, phone call or interview is one thing, but excessive calling and emailing is a major turnoff.

According to the survey, 11 percent of recruiters said that they don't want to hear from a job candidate, looking for a status update, more than once a week.

It's OK to have more frequent communications if you are going through multiple interviews or have an understanding with the recruiter, Rao says, otherwise keep the communications to a minimum. If you're hounding the recruiter, asking for application status updates, she says that is a "great way to turn them off."

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Spark Hire

These are all good things not to do during your job hunt. The key really is to only apply for jobs you’re actually excited about and qualified for. The economy might be tough, but that doesn’t mean you should just apply for every job you see, regardless of whether it fits into your career plan. Instead, take some time to find jobs you’d really enjoy doing and then make sure to tailor your resume or record a video resume explaining why you’re the perfect person for the job.

November 19 2012 at 8:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Marcia Robinson

#6 Not making it easy for recruiters to find you. Read 20 Ways to Audit Resume Contact Information so Recruiters can Find You - http://www.thehbcucareercenter.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=101&Itemid=159

November 16 2012 at 8:24 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I have one which can be added to this list ..... RECRUITER NOT DOING THEIR JOB IN CHECKING APPLICANTS QUALIFICATIONS ..... I worked for a larger Class 1 railroad system for twenty years, before they abolished my job classification, I was a clerk and all clerical jobs were abolished by railroads in the 1980's, and work a number of the clerical job classification/titles from yard clerk, chief yard clerk, export-import clerk, demurrage clerk, OS&D clerk, inbound and outbound rate clerk, grain demurrage clerk, container and trailer demurrage clerk, industry clerk, river front clerk, waybill clerk (specially waybill clerk for hazardous materials the last five (5) years), and customer service clerk -- I hope you see what I am saying ..... A company I handled for five (5) years was looking for someone who could handle routing of their railcars, demurrage, ordering railcars, and a "some" knowledge of railroad operations ...... I was told by two recruiters, for two different agencies, "all I did was to take what their advertisement (for the job) and make my resume" ..... My resume included the names of my former employer, who would have verified I worked those jobs for the railroad and others I did not list ...... Now comes the joke ..... The person the agencies recommend had not experience in the railroad industry and the only thing he knew about railroad was "he saw they", the company spent dollars, and I mean dollars, to "train-him-on-the-job" for more than six months, then let him go because he could not do the job ..... Now had I been offered the interview with the company (the person who did the interview for the company was someone I spoke with daily) I would have been able to start the jobs "without" any "OJT" (On-The-Job-Training) ...........

November 15 2012 at 10:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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