How To Retire From Job Hunting

How To Retire From Job Hunting
How To Retire From Job Hunting

So you’ve found your ideal job (at least for now!), here is a handy list of things to do to eliminate or lower your contact from potential recruiters

  1. Finding where your CV has ended up

I should precursor this by saying that it would’ve been a good idea to use a dedicated job search email address. Tracking where you’ve put your CV or personal details will track back to this specific address. If you have done, kudos! If not, then it can be more difficult to sift out who is marketing to you relating to your employment search and who isn’t. The terms of most job boards allow them to share your details with third parties.

Google yourself, Google yourself plus your employer, Google yourself plus your job title. See what comes up and add it to the list of people or companies to update with your good news.

  1. Dealing with the list

Job boards

A quick Google will lead you to the area where most job boards carry instructions on how to remove your CV. Here is a handy list of the top 5:

CV Library

Indeed

Jobsite

Monster

Reed

Total Jobs

Some lead you down the route of altering your privacy settings rather than removing your details completely. If this is the case use the email templates below to contact customer support directly.

Another good idea would be change the specifics of your profile to lower contact levels. This may include changing your job title or desired to job title to “NO LONGER LOOKING”. It may not be necessary to do this if a change of privacy settings or profile removal is successful.

Recruiters and other third parties

Simply look through your emails and/or make note of any calls received from companies and gather a list of emails to contact. If this list is a large one, it may be an idea to register for a free Mailchimp or Klaviyo account to manage your contact. This will allow you to track email receipt, opens and replies. You can also automate follow up emails.

Here is a template of what to send, polite but firm and stating a call to action (a reply).

If you have not saved your original login details these can be much harder to track down. Since your details are downloadable from a job board through paid access then they may have been downloaded without you then receiving subsequent contact. Contact may only occur weeks, months or years down the line in which case use the same email template as above.

  1. Snagging

So, you’ve contacted and received no reply, what now?

Firstly, a more formal follow up email using Section 11 of the Data Protection Act could carry more weight. Which? have a great template for this. A typical time frame for cessation of marketing is 28 days for emails, texts and calls and 2 months for post. Once notice has been received they’re no longer allowed to share your details with third parties either.

Secondly, call directly and follow their complaints procedure.

Hitting a brick wall? Repeat offenders can be reported to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) – find more info on this route here

  1. Update other social media profiles

You don’t want your new employer to think you’re still on the look out so be sure to update your social media profiles and shout about your new role. Tick off the majors – Linkedin, Twitter, Google+, etc.

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