Job Seekers Agree: Recruiters Don't Call Back

Karen Huller asked 10,000 job seekers to share with their #1 challenge or frustration in their job search. The most popular response was: Recruiters never seem to call back.

While the US unemployment rate is low, job disengagement is high. In what seems to be a job seeker’s market, you might expect that recruiters are realizing the need to be more courteous to candidates. Employment branding is growing as a focus of employers who understand that competition for top talent will continue to get fiercer. However, the majority of job seekers who answered the question, “What is your biggest frustration in your job search,” complained that recruiters, whether internal or external, are not prompt with feedback and updates when they bother to communicate at all.

Karen Huller, founder of, put the question out to 10,000 job seekers through LinkedIn groups several months ago. She considers herself a “recovering recruiter,” having spent the last 10 years on the “other side” of recruiting, coaching corporate professionals how to position themselves for “Career Autopilot” so that they can be the masters of their professional destinies, do work that fulfills them, and get paid enough to afford the lifestyle they deserve.  The most popular answers did not surprise her at all.

“I definitely didn’t feel as though I had enough time to delivery quality candidates AND put time into my relationships with candidates, but I did keep a short list of candidates who would get a call back from me no matter how busy I was.”  Huller recently released a free report to educate job seekers on what they can do to become a priority VIP candidate and always get the call back.

 “Job seekers find working with recruiters frustrating, for the most part,” she adds, “but the fact is that many companies who do a lot of hiring rely on third party recruiters to handle the sourcing, screening and qualifying. There are ways around recruiters, but sometimes a recruiter is the shortest path to getting an offer.”  Huller advises job seekers to qualify the recruiters they work with, just as they qualify job seekers. She offers various resources on how to use recruiters to put your career on autopilot, as well as systems that will accelerate job searches even without recruiters.

The second most popular answer: “I don’t know how to gain work experience without having the experience needed to land the job.”

“The glass ceiling is real at all levels,” explains Huller. “Once you are showcasing your value and talents powerfully, employers aren’t afraid to take a chance on you. In fact, an effective LinkedIn profile and résumé make the value so much more obvious than the risk. They entice employers to act now, just like good sales copy.” Huller says her next free report will offer job seekers tips on shattering the glass ceiling.

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About Karen Huller

Karen Huller, author of the upcoming book Laser-sharp Career Focus: Pinpoint your Purpose and Passion in 30 Days, is founder of Epic Careering, a career management firm specializing in the income-optimizing power of social media and personal branding, as well as JoMo Rising, LLC, a workflow gamification company that turns work into productive play. While the bulk of her 20 years of professional experience has been within the recruiting and employment industry, her publications, presentations and coaching also draw from experience in performance, broadcasting, marketing and sales. Karen was one of the first LinkedIn trainers and is known widely for her ability to identify new trends in hiring and personal marketing. She is a Certified Professional Résumé Writer with a Bachelor of Art in Communication Studies and Theater from Ursinus College and is an Adjunct Professor of Career Management and Professional Development at Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business.

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