Over the last couple years I’ve noticed a trend in candidates not wanting to communicate with recruiters during their job search. I’ve had potential candidates tell me they only communicate via e-mail…really. I’ve also had more candidates go dark during the interviewing phase, never to be heard from again even with a potential offer on the table. I believe this goes back to the influence in social media, or what I call non-social media, in our everyday life as well as the fear people have with conflict. We are being taught that you can do everything/anything on our computers/personal handheld devices, and to avoid conflict at all costs. The fact is we are producing a generation that doesn’t understand what it means to be a professional, to learn to talk with people and that bad news is OK.
What we recruiters are looking for is open and honest communications. It’s OK to tell us what is going on with your job search, your interviewing with another company, and/or accepted a job offer. A recruiter worth his/her salt is going to understand that you are going to do what’s in your best interest, so just tell us. Most of us truly want to help you with your career, so why would you want to burn that bridge? Trouble occurs when there is a lack of communication about things you’ve got going on, or when you go dark won’t answer phone calls, e-mails or texts. This reflects on your professionalism and you will probably never be able to work with that recruiter again. When we let recruiters know what is going on, who we’re working with and the companies we are interviewing with, it tells us you are active in your search and if you get offers from those companies and it’s not a suprise. You keep the relationship in good standing so if anything happens in the future and you need to go back to them, you can.
Communications, however, is a two way street! Recruiters expect candidates to be up front and communicate with them, the reverse is also true for recruiters. Recruiters must inform candidates when opportunities are available and when they are not. We must also provide feedback when a candidate interviews so the candidate can adjust and improve if needed. Recruiters can’t get upset if a candidate isn’t communicating if they aren’t giving the same professional courtesy in return.
The bottom line is be a professional. Communicate with your recruiter or candidate to improve the overall job search experience. In the end, both parties will be better off.