Working in recruitment means managing a hectic workload. Whether you are an administrator, resourcer, consultant or manager, there is always a variety of tasks to stay on top of, day-in, day-out. Here at Sellick Partnership we pride ourselves on our ability to keep our candidates and clients fully informed. In recruitment, things can move so quickly that you simply have to keep on top of everything. Candidates may have been offered a new position, clients may be scheduling interviews.... whatever it might be, we need to know about it and we need everyone else involved to be kept informed.
One thing that still amazes me is that not everyone can be so on top of the game. During our mission to continuously stay in touch with our candidates, I often hear stories of how they have been for interviews or submitted their CVs without any further contact. This is a big deal for candidates; waiting to hear if they have been successful can cause them to postpone holidays or even turn down other offers. We want candidates to know that we are engaged, we do respect them and we are passionate about finding them the right role.
This leads me on to a bit of a bugbear of mine. In order for us to be able to successfully place a candidate, we need to first have access to their details, and we need to know what they are doing currently. Too often I come across CVs where people are no longer looking for work, but their CVs are still available online - or I see CVs that suggest the individual is still in employment, but they aren't.
Job sites are getting more and more advanced, and there are even apps allowing people to update their CVs on the go. If you are desperately seeking a move, or are simply out of work and looking for employment, would you not want to do everything possible to increase your chances? I always encourage candidates to send through an updated CV or pick up the phone and call us should their circumstances change.
Communication is a two-way street - and it is never going to be 100% effective if it's only coming from one side. Just as we endeavour to stay in touch as often as possible, we like our candidates to do the same.
If you are a candidate looking for work, know that it is important to keep us informed. Whether it is a CV update, or to let us know you are no longer looking, this will ensure that we can do our job as effectively as possible for you.
If you would like assistance with your job search, please get in touch on LinkedIn or call us on 0191 261 8585