The answer to your question could be, 'How long is a piece of string?' In other words, it’s difficult to define. I have always had the belief that, as it’s your job search, it’s important to you, so you should be able to get an update regularly. Sometimes, for whatever the reason, the process may be frustratingly slow. This is quite often beyond the control of the recruiter, as they are taking their instructions from the hiring manager with whom they are working. This is not ideal for you or your recruiter. A good recruiter, however, should be impressing upon the hiring manager the importance of feedback. Even it’s a ‘no’, you, the job seeker, just wants to know. However, it can also be beyond the control of the hiring manager too, as there may be approval delays which had not been envisaged, say from an offshore office.
Once again, you, the job seeker, should be kept informed. Keeping in regular contact benefits your job search, as you will always be at the forefront of the recruiter’s mind. That can be invaluable to you in both in a hectic or a slower market. As it’s the start of a new calendar year, get in touch now, let your recruiter know your availability or if your situation has changed as soon as you can. Your recruiter should always appreciate your interest.
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