After working in recruitment since 2003 and across a variety of sectors, I love nothing more than hearing of someone landing their perfect role. Career Savvy was launched to provide free expert advice to anyone looking to achieve this, whether it be a brand new position, or enhancing their current one.

I’m here as a resident recruitment expert (and the Editor of our beloved site) to help all I can, and if I’m not 100% sure then I can point you in the direction of someone that is.

  1. Hi Dave,

    I have worked in travel as a Sales Manger for the past five years which was a total career change for me but basically things haven’t worked out as I would have liked.

    Prior to working in travel I worked at a commercial insurance company for thirteen years gaining professional qulifications recognised within the insurance indutry and achiving the position of Motor Underwriting Manager.

    Why is it that most recruiters will not even put me forward to the prospective employer when I apply for an insurance position that is on offer? I appreciate I have had a five year absence from the insurance industry and I am realistic enough to appreciate that things do change but conversely I spent thriteen years within this sector and have alot of experience and expertise to offer which seems to get overlooked.

    What have they got to lose by putting my name forward?



    • Hi Dave,

      Many thanks for replying so swiftly to my post. I have spoken with a few of the recruiters and to be honest I have had a pretty uniform response from all of them along the lines of what I have indicated to you within my first post.

      I include a cover note with every application that I make and I have tried to be as honest as I can be with regards to my personal circumstances and the reasons behind my absence but this just seems to fall on deaf ears.

      I will try making the amendments that you have suggested and see if that gains a more positive reaction from the recruiters. I am very much of the philosophy of treat people how you want to be treated yourself and I always make a concious effort to make sure I am polite and courteous when speaking with anyone on the phone.

      Many thanks for the suggestions that you have made.

      Kind regards


    • Hi Greg,

      That does sound rather frustrating. Have you spoken to the recruiters, or simply emailed an application through to them? Have you included any form of cover note, or explanation of your situation/intentions on your CV?

      All of these things are important to make your aspirations shine through. Many recruiters will get bombarded with applications for the majority of roles they are covering (often a large number at a time), so many will be rushed off their feet and so will skim through CVs very quickly. They may simply be missing the point of yours…!

      I’d suggest re-jigging your CV to emphasise your insurance experience and passion to get back into the industry, add a nicely written (and spell checked) cover note with it, and then call the recruiter to follow it up.

      Always be nice & polite to them too – it is easy for you to get frustrated – but they will not deal with you if you are too pushy/rude/agressive at all.

      I hope that helps – let me know how you get on!


  2. What’s the best way to approach a company that isn’t officially hiring at the moment? I want to get my foot in the door there asap! Or should I leave them alone until I see some roles advertised on their site?

    • Hi Johnny, have you tried calling them to ask? Many companies don’t always keep the careers section of their website up to date, so don’t always go by the info (or lack of) on there!

      The best thing to do is call up, be confident yet polite (the receptionists will often get a few speculative calls, especially from recruitment agencies – make it clear that you are a candidate looking for work), and simply ask to speak to someone about any positions open in your field.

      The receptionist may help, but may sometimes be unaware of open roles, so even if they say ‘no’, still ask for an email address to send a speculative application to, just in case.

      I’ve often had speculative CVs come through and either realised they’ve fitted the bill for one of my roles, or sometimes even been able to create a role for them.

      This proactive approach will go a long way, and could get your foot in the door before another less motivated candidate!

  3. Hi Dave

    If a company hasn’t got back to me regarding a job application after a couple of weeks, is it worth chasing them or should I assume that no news is bad news?


    • Hi Sam, it’s definitely worth a quick call just to check; you never know, it may have fallen into their spam folder or accidentally been deleted.

      I’d always advise calling them rather than emailing them – you’d be surprised how few candidates do this, so it will make you stand out as a proactive applicant and could even get you to the top of ‘the pile’.

      Be careful not to become a stalker and keep calling them about it daily – that’ll definitely result in it being bad news!

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