#yousayTuesday: Employer responses

We asked and you answered earlier this week with our #yousayTuesday. This week's question was what have you found most frustrating about employers receiving your application. Our twitter followers then got back to us with one resounding answer: lack of employer responses.

Over 45% of you said that the lack of responses graduates were receiving to their applications was becoming increasingly disheartening. By employers not getting back to them over job applications, graduates are left in limbo without knowing what to expect and unsure to wait around if it is that one perfect job.

Another third of you found a similar problem frustrating. The 36% of responses claimed a lack of feedback is most annoying thing about employers and applications. Without constructive feedback graduates are not going to learn about how to improve or how to target specific roles and sectors.

This led to 9% of our responsive Twitter followers saying that automated responses are not satisfactory as acknowledgement to applications. One follower even raised the point that some of the application forms are extremely long winded and time consuming, if employers are to set them they could at least take time to acknowledge areas for the graduate to improve.

Some employers were keen to let us know that they have policies on replying to applicants. Ashley Hever told us that Enterprise Rent-a-Car replies to all their applicants, while Sinead Ryan told us that BP now has a Candidate Charter with a fixed amount of days to get back to applicants; which even includes weekends.

We took all this on board and are going to provide you with some tips to make sure that graduates are no longer being left in the dark over applications. Here are our three tips to the frustrations you face.

1. Make sure application is addressed to right person or company. This sounds like an obvious bit of advice, however it is very easy to rattle off applications to a sack full of employers and let the wrong company name slip through the net. This might be more broadly considered as proofing and making sure you don't give them a reason to ignore your application.

2. Keep track of applications. As before, when you're sending off several applications at once it is easy to forget what companies you're expecting to hear back from. Making a list of companies with corresponding dates of when you submitted the application will help you no end and give you an indicator of how long it has been. This will give you an idea of jobs that might be lost causes.

3. Don't be scared to chase up. Despite some people thinking that applications, especially online ones, are entirely filtered by computer programmes, there are several people you can speak to about your application. It is usually relatively easy to find an email address or phone number of someone who works in graduate recruitment. They are people too and if you are polite when you enquire they should be able to help you. This also shows initiative which could impress employers, only when done politely and not so boisterously.

Make sure you get involved next Tuesday on Twitter, where we will try our best to solve your graduate problems.


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