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Mom Says Patience is a Virtue...

Patience is a Virtue

Mom Says Patience is a Virtue… 

Growing up my mother always told me “patience is a virtue” and my typical teenage response was “I know and it’s one that I don’t have.”  Mom was right!  Today I find myself preaching that same advice to my candidates!  I suppose you truly do become your mother when you hit 35.  I never would have believed it!

The recruiting and hiring process seems to operate at two speeds – lightening fast or like watching paint dry.  

Sometimes things turn around so quickly you need to see a doctor for the whip lash.  However, the average time it takes from a candidate’s meeting with a recruiter until they actually start their new job is about 4-6 weeks.  I know, that seems like a long time but it really isn’t if you break down all of the steps.  Check out my next blog entry for details on each step.

If you have ever met with an EKA recruiter I’m sure you’ll remember hearing these words.  “No news is not bad news, it just means we haven’t heard anything yet.”  This is the truth.  For example:  I may send a resume to a client on a Tuesday, follow up two days later, check back in the following Tuesday, followed by a nice little email reminding them about you sent on the following Thursday…you get the picture.  Can we all say stalker!  Well, at least this is how I feel sometimes.  

My point is that you and I are in the same boat.  Waiting, dying to hear something, getting a little frustrated, and then a little discouraged.  You can rest assured, we do follow up with them but there is a fine line between being persistent and pushy.  It doesn’t help anyone, especially the candidate, if I cross that line.  

I try to remind myself during this game of phone and email tag with the client that while speaking with them about my awesome candidate is one of the top, most important things on my to-do list, speaking with me is not even on the first page of their list.  This isn’t because they are not interested in the candidate or they don’t like working with EKA.  It’s because they have 87 other things going on, not to mention putting out the new fires that come up every day!  They already had a full plate and now they need to make room for the recruiting and hiring process.

We need to remember these things when people don’t move as fast as we’d like.  Let the client take their time, move at their pace (even if watching paint dry is faster), and give us the answer we want rather than rush through and possibly reject a candidate because they didn’t have the time to fully digest that person’s qualifications.  

Let’s exercise some patience.  Mom will be so proud! 

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