1. When leaving a voice mail message, always mention your last name. This is important, since recruiters can’t keep track of so many people calling in. Mentioning your complete name together with your contact number helps them get in touch with you easily. If you think the recruiter recognizes you, provide it anyway. They might choose you since you were considerate enough to leave your personal information.
2. Don’t follow up on a daily basis. It’s okay to get an update once in a while, but calling or leaving a message every day is just too much. Know when to stop, and be patient. You might inadvertently convey the message that you aren’t capable of waiting.
Instead, give them a ring every week or so to keep the recruiter’s attention. This is a subtle way of saying, “Hey, I’m here!” since they’re always busy with something else. Know when to follow up in a professional and assertive way. Stalking recruiters is definitely a no-no.
3. Be courteous when asking for a follow-up. You don’t want to sound rude, especially if you’re asking for an update. Trying to pressure a recruiter is never a good idea.
Keep in mind that you need something from them, and they can easily hire someone else if you tick them off. If you decide not to move forward with an application, call them up and speak to them in a polite and professional way. Don’t forget that recruiters have a lot on their plate and they can’t attend to all applicants right away. Be patient and understand the circumstances they’re in.
4. Address your cover letter properly. Using “Dear Sir” isn’t warm and fuzzy enough to greet the recruiter. You can use “To Whom It May Concern,” “To Human Resources Representative” or “Dear Sir or Madam.” Addressing your letter only to men or women is not appropriate, especially if you want to make a good impression.
5. Always ask your recruiter if you have questions. Going directly to the hiring manager may call your tactfulness into question and cause them to think that you’re high-maintenance. Instead, reach out to your recruiter if you have questions about the benefits, training, time policies or even your salary. Don’t hesitate to ask your recruiter if you need to clarify something.
Recruiters should be respected and dealt with politely since they will be the ones to decide if you qualify for their job posting. Committing minor mistakes may cost you a job or leave a negative impression. Follow the tips listed above, and you’ll do just fine.