Have you ever wondered why you haven't heard back from your recruiter? The answer to this question typically depends on two major factors:
- The details you present to your recruiter
- The requirements for jobs that are available in the market
Recruiters don't create jobs; they can only work on the jobs that are available at that time. While you can't control the jobs that are available, you do have control over the jobs your recruiter presents to you. Before you start applying for every job that's out there, it's important to evaluate the details for each opportunity and align those with your own experience. Ask the following questions to better prepare yourself for the next steps in your career and possibly help land an interview with a recruiter or employer.
1. Do your skills align with the needs of today's job market?
Recruiters don't generate jobs nor do they dictate who gets hired. Instead, a recruiter's job is to find candidates that can fill the open jobs in the market at that time. If you possess a set of skills that are in high demand, recruiters will likely have an easier time finding you an interview. Conversely, if your skills are out of date, are not on the leading edge for your industry, or are so unique or specialized that very few employers need that skill; they may have a tougher time. One of the most important considerations every professional should evaluate is whether their current job or future job opportunity increases their current skill set to make them more marketable in the future.
2. Are you willing to take the job you are the best fit for?
Candidates often ask recruiters to help them find a new job outside their current career path. However, it's important to remember that companies look to recruiters to find top candidates for their hardest to fill job openings, so recruiters typically focus on finding candidates with those high demand skills. Therefore, if you are looking to make a change from your current career path, you may want to sharpen your skill set, obtain a certification or take any other steps that help you stand out amongst the competition.
3. Are you willing to commute?
One of the most common requests from anyone looking to make a job change is to get a job closer to home. Recruiters will try to accommodate those requests, but very often the right job opportunity that aligns with the candidate's skills and career goals is further away than where a candidate has requested. By putting unrealistic commute restrictions on a recruiter, you could be eliminating your best long-term career opportunities. The more flexible you are on the location of your next job, the more opportunities a recruiter can present to you.
4. Is your compensation expectation in line with what the market will pay?
The market determines compensation, not recruiters. Within any job market, there is a certain compensation range for each job description and some factors include:
- Demand for skill in the market
- Extent of candidate's experience
- Local cost of living
- Candidate performance in the interview process
Bottom line - do your research! Setting unrealistic compensation expectations could lead a recruiter to present opportunities to other qualified candidates instead of you.
5. Are you serious about making a career move?
Take a look at all of the above; if you lack flexibility in any of these areas it may indicate to a recruiter that you're not serious or not ready to make a career move. Before touching base with your recruiter, seriously evaluate what types of opportunities you're looking for and what your job requirements are before considering any new opportunities.
If you haven't heard from your recruiter in a while, ask your recruiter if any of these factors are hindering his or her ability to get you an interview. Remember, recruiters don't find jobs for candidates, they find the best candidates for available opportunities in the market. It's important to evaluate each opportunity before applying for the job to ensure your skills align.