Why it’s Important to Have a Phone Call with a Recruiter
by Caroline Quinn, Healthcare Recruiter at K.A. Recruiting
As we all know, working with a recruiter is a great way to advance and enhance your job search. When it comes to actually reaching out and connecting with a recruiter, many candidates opt for messaging (via email, text, LinkedIn, etc.) instead of calling on the phone. Messaging a recruiter is a solid first step to introduce yourself, send your resume, and schedule a time to chat. But real progress can only be made when you speak live on the phone. Here are a 4 reasons why calling a recruiter is so important:
It saves you time.
The job search process is very time consuming as-is, so finding ways to save time is always a huge positive. The faster you can connect with a recruiter, the faster they can find you the right job. In order for recruiters to do their best work, they need to ask you several questions about your skill set and what exactly you’re looking for in your next job. Back-and-forth messaging can take days or even weeks depending on response time. A 10 minute phone call, on the other hand, allows you to explain what you’re looking for and allows the recruiter to ask a few questions and even tell you about several job opportunities.
It helps you stand out from the crowd.
Recruiters look at countless resumes everyday, and unfortunately candidates sometimes get lost in the digital crowd. A sure-fire way to stand out is by speaking with a recruiter on the phone and bringing your resume to life. A live conversation allows you to dive into specific experiences and thus gives the recruiter a much better understanding of who you are as a person in addition to your on-paper skills and qualifications.
It gets a recruiter’s attention.
Did you know that the average person receives over 100 emails per day and only approximately 5 phone calls per day? By calling a recruiter, you have a better chance of getting their attention rather than sending an email to their inbox that is filling up by the minute. Think about the daily notifications on your phone– it’s much easier to accidentally miss an email than it is to accidentally miss a phone call or voicemail. Also, calling a recruiter shows that you are a go-getter and are motivated to get your job search process started.
It allows you to communicate tone.
Digital messages are notoriously poor at conveying a writer’s tone. Even an excessive amount of emojis and a diverse selection of punctuation doesn’t hold the same weight as a live phone conversation. Back and forth dialogue gives you the opportunity to communicate beyond your words. Your tone and rhythm indicate emotion and allow the recruiter to understand your passions, concerns, level of urgency, and more!
The bottom line is you get more out of a call than a digital message. So the next time you are tempted to send a digital message to a recruiter, dial their number instead. You’ll be amazed at how efficient and effective a quick phone call can be.