Even One More Recruiter Question

Subject: Even One More Recruiter Question
From: "James Barrow" <vrfour -at- verizon -dot- net>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 20 Nov 2006 11:54:37 -0800

>Beth Agnew wrote:
>It's entirely correct to establish the working parameters of your
>relationship with the recruiter. They should be telling you where they
>submit you to and provide feedback if they get any from the prospective

This question is rather odd for me because I can't seem to express it
without sounding like a six year old on Christmas Eve.

How long would you wait - keep your hopes alive - for feedback regarding a
posted job?

I submitted my resume to a firm's internal recruiter for a job that really
sounded tailor-made for me. This was during the last week of October.

After about a week I sort of gave up and suspected that the company had gone
with another candidate. I sent an email and was told that the job was still
open and that I would receive feedback soon.

A week later I received an unsolicited email promising feedback soon and an
apology for the delay. I put this opportunity on the back burner.

The following week I received a phone call from the recruiter telling me
that the department that needs the tech writer was out of town the previous
week and that I would receive feedback after the recruiter had a meeting
with said department in '15 minutes' (the entire department was out of

*cricket* *cricket*

As I said, I'm only waiting because the job description was more than
perfect for me, but I have passed on a few offers since first submitting my
resume. I don't want to draw a line in the employment sand, but jeez
Louise, it's been almost a month.

I could have purchased a pigeon, trained the pigeon, and sent a note to the
department manager during this time. What would you do?


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