Hey, Job Seekers! Quit Waiting Weeks for Employer Replies

If you’ve ever looked for a job – and unless you’re a toddler, we’re guessing you have – there is one common thread running through any sector: the dreaded, purgatorial pause between your initial email to the hiring manager and their reply.

The internet is full of articles about the wait-to-hear-back portion of the job search. The Guardian tells you how to spend your wait wisely. Getting Hired tells you not to wait, but to reach out and keep badgering the employer until they do respond. And to add some further pain to the wait, IT Business Edge provides a list of five reasons you haven’t heard back about that dream job -- and probably never will.

Depending on hiring cycles, demand and company desperation, the wait can fluctuate between a matter of hours and a matter of weeks. Worst of all, you may never hear anything at all. Internet job boards are littered with worried applicants who wonder how long is too long to wait. The problem gets more complicated for those who already have a job, and are contemplating a move. Concealing applications, emails and outside interest from bosses, colleagues and clients can drive any employee, no matter their pay grade, to paranoia.

Nowhere in the pile of research done on the post-application waiting period is any sort of viable alternative to this waiting period. Has this purgatory become a fact of life? Simply, no. Switch has an alternative solution that hopes to eliminate the wait, turning weeks into hours, giving you the tools to do more with your job search.

By pulling directly from your LinkedIn profile to create an anonymous but comprehensive profile on a mobile app, the search can be conducted with anonymity and without pressure. Moreover, Switch’s data shows that as opposed to the indeterminate wait of a normal email or resume submittal, on Switch the hiring managers are much more likely to respond promptly.

On Switch, a match happens when both the prospect and the employer have swiped right, displaying interest in the other. Much of the time, matches can happen on the same day, especially when an employer engages first. When the employer makes first contact, more than 80 percent of matches happen on the same day.

Even when employers aren’t the first to express interest, the job seeker still sees a much higher response rate than through traditional channels. The majority of matches happen within two days, and over 75 percent of matches happen within a week. Of those matches, 70 percent had employers engaging, aka interacting with the prospect on the app’s chat platform, soon after the match took place.

Another piece of interesting data? Over the past month, hiring managers have actually sent more messages (52.9 percent) through the app than the talent they are recruiting (47.3 percent). If the data proves nothing else, it at least shows that the jobs are out there and companies are replying to – and hiring – interested parties. Want to avoid the job prospect purgatory? Download the Switch app and start swiping.