Getting ghosted by a recruiter or hiring manager never invokes good feelings in us, especially if it is for a job you really want.
Being rejected without reason can make us feel lousy and make us second guess ourselves.
As depressing as job searches can make us feel, know that it is not always your fault. Recruiters and hiring managers often receive hundreds of CVs for a position when only one CV can be successful.
Instead of feeling helpless, here are 4 things that you can do to improve your chances to stand out and stay in the mind of the recruiter.
1. Be proactive and follow-up
Instead of waiting for someone to get back to you, the best thing you could do is to be proactive and follow-up with the recruiter.
Many candidates tend to skip this step to avoid looking overly interested, but this also increases the chances of being forgotten.
Send one thoughtfully written email every week for at least three weeks to express your interest in the company and the role.
Study the company, be updated with the trends in the industry and reference your research.
Besides expressing your sincerity and interest through your emails, show them that you can walk in tomorrow and begin contributing to the team immediately.
💡 Why this works Most recruiters and hiring managers do not ignore that type of follow-up. Your application might even get prioritised. But even if they tell you that you are not the right fit, at least you've received a final answer and can move on.
2. Connect through different channels
We are living in a digital age where almost everyone has more than one way of being contacted online. Especially recruiters.
It’s perfectly alright to reach out through different channels if you’re not getting any replies back.
As long as you don't bombard the same person through every channel you find at the same time. Keep it to one follow-up per channel.
💡 Some tips The digital world has boundaries. LinkedIn is mainly for professional networking, Facebook is now growing to be a mix of both, and Instagram is usually for family and friends. Try and stick to them, unless you are absolutely desperate and certain that the channel you are using is the best way to get to a recruiter or manager.
3. Reach out to build other relationships
The recruiter you spoke to may be on holiday, have quit, or been let go.
You might even be dealing with an incompetent recruiter that is feeling overwhelmed and have dropped the ball.
Instead of waiting for weeks for a call that might never come, it may be worth reaching out to another recruiter at the company or even the hiring manager directly.
This is really about showing your interest and building another relationship with someone internally. But don’t be too surprised if the recruiter you spoke to before is still active.
If that is the case, at least you know now that the interview didn’t go as well as you thought, and you need to pursue other opportunities.
4. Get help or a second opinion
If you are being ghosted frequently, you need to find out why. Sometimes, candidates get ghosted because the recruiter isn’t doing a great job or priorities change.
But if you’re being ghosted time and time again, then you need to figure out what you may be doing wrong.
Candidates often don’t know what skills and metrics the company is actually looking for, and without doing research, candidates tend to end up not speaking the same “language” as the recruiter.
Sadly, it is not part of a recruiter's job to give candidates feedback. If you’re being ghosted consistently, then you may need a personalised assessment or a career mentor.
Having someone that is experienced to look at your follow-ups or have a mock interview with you can help plenty.
💡 Why this works By seeking a prospective mentor, you’re letting them know you admire them for what they do and that their career is in demand. It’s a good feeling, and many people are happy to know their experiences and insights are valuable to others.
Not only will you get a much more professional opinion that can help you get ahead, but this is also how you start to build professional networks and have deeper relationships.
Take a sip of positivity and press on
We know that getting ghosted can be an emotional experience, but you don’t have to let it define you. Figure out what is happening and why, make the changes and then put yourself back out there. With a little self-analysis, positivity and perseverance, you’ll find the right long-term match.
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