Is getting ‘Ghosted’ haunting your job search?

10/31/2022

getting ghostedAccording to Dictionary.com, the definition of ghosting is ‘the practice of suddenly ending all contact with a person without explanation’.  While the term is usually referred to in the world of dating, its often used in the field of job searching and is sadly very common in today’s job market.  Recruiters and hiring managers receive high volumes of applications per vacancy so it isn’t a surprise that they are unable to respond to all applicants. However, this leaves job seekers frustrated by the ‘cold shoulder’ and lack of communication, especially when they have spent time on their application or even interview preparation.  Here are some ways you can help avoid getting ghosted!

Tailor your CV

The online job market is the most accessible it has ever been. You can find a job online and apply instantly with your CV. However, due to the simplicity of this process many jobseekers don’t change their CV for each application, and it ends up going into a big black hole. It is essential in today’s job market that you tailor your CV for each application you make. The first person reading your CV needs to see how your experience matches the role you are applying for and will probably only spend a few seconds initially looking at it, matching it against the job description to see if you are a suitable fit. Make a list of the skills and expertise required for the role and go through your CV and look for examples of how you meet the criteria.

Don’t leave your CV in the dark

Due to the volume of applicants per vacancy, more companies and recruiters are using Applicant Track Systems (ATS) to shortlist suitable candidates. Therefore, your CV may be read by an ATS and not a human being. To overcome being instantly rejected, look for key words and match and mirror your application to the job description.  Ensure your CV includes the key words from the job specification to increase your chances of being shortlisted.  Remove text boxes from your CV and any imagery as some ATS will reject these immediately.  And as before, tailor each role according to the job specification.

Follow up after the interview

It’s not as common to be ghosted after an interview, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen. If you don’t hear anything after the job interview by the designated timeframe, it is appropriate to follow up with your contact via email. Start by thanking them for their time and reiterating your value to the organisation.

Hello, (Recruiters Name)
I hope this email finds you well. It was great talking to you last week about the (Job Title) at (name of company).  I was pleased to learn more about the role and your expectations. I think my experience makes me an excellent fit for this position. The interview has reinforced my interest in the position and I’m eager to learn more about next steps in the process. I was informed in the interview that I would hear by this Friday, but I haven't heard back yet. Do you have any updates on the job position we discussed?

I appreciate your consideration, and I hope to hear back from you soon.

Kind Regards

(Your Name)

Don’t take it personally

And lastly, whilst it can be hard not to, don’t take it personally! Being ghosted isn’t a reflection of your value or ability to do a job. There are many reasons to why a company may not have contacted you. It’s not your fault if a company has poor communication skills or if a company decided to fill the role internally and not notify candidates about the change. Instead, focus on what you can control in your job search. You cannot control how companies and recruiters treat you, but you can control how you position yourself in the market and how you respond to being ghosted.

Renovo is the UK’s leading outplacement and career transition specialist. We work with both organisations and individuals to support all their career transition requirements. If you would like to understand how Renovo can help you please call 0800 612 2011 or email info@renovo.uk.com

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