To avoid ruining your chances when contacting your recruiter online, you need to observe how you send emails or make calls.
Before you meet a potential employer, chances are that you will be contacting the recruiter. Don’t screen yourself out by making these mistakes.
1. Don’t make Obnoxious Mistakes
Technology has advanced. Unlike in the past when people used to write hand letters and resumes, nowadays everything has been made simple. You can craft an email, your cover letter, résumé, and send it to your potential recruiter all in one go.
While things are simple, you need to avoid sending emails full of grammatical and spelling errors.
Your cover letter and resume represents you, so if you make such unacceptable mistakes, you will look unprofessional.
Before you hit that “send” button, have you proofread your email? How many times? Is it once, twice or thrice? Are you 100% sure it is flawless?
Well, while there are errors that you might not spot, it is important to proofread your emails more than twice before you send it to a recruiter. Sending emails with misspelled words can make you look careless at best.
“Many people get their emails ignored by recruiters because they are full of minor errors that could be detected from a distance,” says Janet Jimson, career coach, and author of resume writing services reviews.
The secret to overcoming these errors is to spend your time to go through your email several times to spot mistakes and correct them before you send it.
2. Don’t ever Request a Recruiter to Help You find a Job
Do you get into a recruiter’s inbox just to ask them to help you find a job? If yes, you need to change your habit once you read this post.
A recruiter may read your resume, and if they find it good, they might market it to potential employers, however, at the end of it all, a recruiter will want to get potential candidates to fill an advertised position.
He/she is not there to help you find a job. While this is an obvious thing, many candidates still make this mistake.
3. Don’t refer to Recruiters as “Bro.”
Not all recruiters are casual. Some could try to be fun so that they can build a relationship with candidates to the extent of cracking jokes.
While you might want to respond just the way a recruiter reacts while you are having a conversation, you need to maintain precision of language, no matter how well your discussion may be going.
Understand that a recruiter making fun wants to make the recruitment process a bit more pleasant and not quite so severe, so try to control yourself and avoid letting your guard down.
Some candidates would start to create a relationship, and all formality disappears. Ensure to avoid words that will make you look too informal and give attention to the way you introduce your emails and the ending as well.
Some candidates become informal to the extent of calling recruiters “bro” or “dude,” which is unprofessional. Save that until you get the job and you grow closer to the recruiters. Most importantly, use correct grammar.
4. Don’t Ask the Recruiter if they Have a Job Opening that Fits Your Profile
As mentioned above, recruiters are not job finders. Again, companies sometimes may have vacancies at any given moment. The vacancies that exist might be shared among a group of recruiters who are visible to the openings they are offering.
In fact, you should be the one to state the position that fits your qualifications and interests as well as your career path.
The best thing to do here is to search for jobs online, find a post that you are interested in, submit an application according to the company’s specifications, then contact a recruiter with a specific position in mind.
If you follow that approach, you will make the recruiter be in a position to alias with the decision-makers. This is the best way to simplify and hasten the process; you will also not look like a burden on the recruiter.
Also, can you please send me Kisina’s email address or phone number? This is also another request that candidates make.
Note that if you are on LinkedIn, you must have realized that people who want their contact information to be public they will include it in their profile. Be sure to check instead of requesting it from a recruiter.
If they have not included it, you should not ask a recruiter to send you even if the person you want to get the contacts for is someone you know well.
5. Don’t Embrace Technology if You cannot be Careful
Technology has simplified our lives. It has revolutionized communications and has made things faster. Modernization has increased productivity, sure, but you need to embrace it with caution.
It is true you can respond to a recruiter using your smartphone or tablet, but it might cost you nothing to use a cyber café computer or a borrowed laptop. It could, however, cost you a job when done using a personal phone. Though, if you can exercise caution, proceed.
Sending emails via your phone can make it hard to write flawlessly. You have higher chances of making grammatical and typographical mistakes when you use your phone as compared to a laptop or a PC.
The best thing to do is to sit in front of your computer, write a compelling and professional email that will be readable to your recruiter.
On the other hand, some candidates will write emails in a shouting manner. What does this mean? When you write everything in capital letters, you will look like you are shouting to the recruiter, so, use capital letters ONLY where applicable.
6. Don’t call but Send an Email
There are many things that recruiters get engaged in during a recruitment process like phone screening, interviews, and this may leave them with no time for calls.
Therefore, put your phone aside and use your computer or a laptop to send an email. This will give the recruiter plenty of time to review your emails carefully when they settle. Note that you need to keep your email concise and straightforward.
If you had previously discussed something, you could write some few sentences of your email reminding them. This is the best and professional way to make a recruiter feel it reasonable to reply to your email and maintain a positive relationship with them.
For instance, you could write something like:
I submitted my application for a freelance writing position some few days ago and would like to know how the hiring process is going. I am delighted to learn more about this position and would be grateful to get any updates from you concerning it.
As you can see the example above, it is short and to the point.
Bonus: Don’t be a multi-tasker
The way you contact your recruiter can decide whether your candidacy will stand out or not. Let’s say a recruiter chooses to send you an inbox message via your LinkedIn account, the recruiter wants to get immediate and to the point answers.
You will ruin your candidacy by making a recruiter wait for ages for your response since you are engaging yourself on other things. The best thing is to collect yourself, leave all that you are currently doing, complete your conversation and then get back to what you were doing. This will make you concentrate on the conversation.
There you have it; 6 Don’ts when contacting your recruiter online. Read all of them, see which one of these common mistakes represents you, and then find ways to avoid it before it ruins your candidacy.