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  string(3804) "I was the last man standing in the office on Tuesday night this week (just thought I would shoe horn that in), and a candidate returned a call from one of our consultants. She was waiting on some news from a role her resume had been submitted for, and unfortunately we had yet to hear back. As we were wrapping up the call, she made a comment that really struck a chord in me:

‘I am waiting on the edge of my seat to hear back.'

I don’t know whether it was the day’s particular events, tiredness or just plain old girly-ness, but it really tugged at my heart strings when she said it.

The truth is, in this job we deal with people all day every day looking for work. We review resumes, we speak to potential candidates, we interview candidates, we follow up with candidates and we get to know them and their plight. We speak to so many people, every single day that it is only natural to build up a tolerance for these things.

If one of my consultants got upset every time they had to turn someone down for a job, I would probably recommend getting out of recruitment! It is a tough game where you are surrounded by rejection on a daily basis, so you have to develop something of a thick skin to deal with that.

So when this particular candidate made that statement, it surprised me a little how much it affected me. Now don’t get me wrong, I am not cold hearted in the least. I am empathetic with my candidates. I have job hunted, and I know how it feels. But being as busy as we are in this market, sometimes you do forget to stop, and really think about things from the other side.

The simple matter is this; we deal with people’s livelihoods. Their entire quality of life depends on what their next move is; their whole career is reliant on ensuring that this is the right one. Given the bad rap we get in the market in terms of our candidate care, it wouldn't hurt us all to stop and take stock every now and again, and remember that somewhere out there, people are waiting on the edge of their seat to hear back from us.

They may have spent half an hour perfecting their cover letter to your specific role before submitting it, they might have only applied for your particular role that day, and they might be at the pub telling their friends about a fantastic role they are waiting to hear back from.

They might have interviewed and fallen in love with the company and role and rushed home to tell a loved one.

They might be at offer stage, full of excitement and nerves to see which way it swings.

Remember when it gets to 6pm, we get to go home (most of the time). For our candidates, this means an agonising wait until 8am the next morning, to start the countdown to hearing back from us again.

Out there, there are real people, your family, friends and partners, going through that same process, and every now and again we should be acknowledging that, and picking up the phone to make things that little bit easier for them to manage.

That evening before I left the office I phoned every single candidate I have who is waiting to hear back on something, and I walked out of the office with my head held high, knowing I had just made the waiting game that little bit easier.

Make sure you take some time to take off your recruitment hat, put on your candidate hat, and speak to those people who are ‘waiting on the edge of their seat’.

 

Cox Purtell Recruitment Agency Blog / Sydney / Melbourne / Adelaide"
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I was the last man standing in the office on Tuesday night this week (just thought I would shoe horn that in), and a candidate returned a call from one of our consultants. She was waiting on some news from a role her resume had been submitted for, and unfortunately we had yet to hear back. As we were wrapping up the call, she made a comment that really struck a chord in me:

‘I am waiting on the edge of my seat to hear back.’

I don’t know whether it was the day’s particular events, tiredness or just plain old girly-ness, but it really tugged at my heart strings when she said it.

The truth is, in this job we deal with people all day every day looking for work. We review resumes, we speak to potential candidates, we interview candidates, we follow up with candidates and we get to know them and their plight. We speak to so many people, every single day that it is only natural to build up a tolerance for these things.

If one of my consultants got upset every time they had to turn someone down for a job, I would probably recommend getting out of recruitment! It is a tough game where you are surrounded by rejection on a daily basis, so you have to develop something of a thick skin to deal with that.

So when this particular candidate made that statement, it surprised me a little how much it affected me. Now don’t get me wrong, I am not cold hearted in the least. I am empathetic with my candidates. I have job hunted, and I know how it feels. But being as busy as we are in this market, sometimes you do forget to stop, and really think about things from the other side.

The simple matter is this; we deal with people’s livelihoods. Their entire quality of life depends on what their next move is; their whole career is reliant on ensuring that this is the right one. Given the bad rap we get in the market in terms of our candidate care, it wouldn’t hurt us all to stop and take stock every now and again, and remember that somewhere out there, people are waiting on the edge of their seat to hear back from us.

They may have spent half an hour perfecting their cover letter to your specific role before submitting it, they might have only applied for your particular role that day, and they might be at the pub telling their friends about a fantastic role they are waiting to hear back from.

They might have interviewed and fallen in love with the company and role and rushed home to tell a loved one.

They might be at offer stage, full of excitement and nerves to see which way it swings.

Remember when it gets to 6pm, we get to go home (most of the time). For our candidates, this means an agonising wait until 8am the next morning, to start the countdown to hearing back from us again.

Out there, there are real people, your family, friends and partners, going through that same process, and every now and again we should be acknowledging that, and picking up the phone to make things that little bit easier for them to manage.

That evening before I left the office I phoned every single candidate I have who is waiting to hear back on something, and I walked out of the office with my head held high, knowing I had just made the waiting game that little bit easier.

Make sure you take some time to take off your recruitment hat, put on your candidate hat, and speak to those people who are ‘waiting on the edge of their seat’.

 

Cox Purtell Recruitment Agency Blog / Sydney / Melbourne / Adelaide

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