Top 5 FAQ's
22 May 2017
We regularly get questions from candidates about our website, and here are answers to the 5 most common ones.
If you have a question about Timewise Jobs (that is NOT a question about a specific job application!) please get in touch at: firstname.lastname@example.org
1. “Why can’t I contact someone at Timewise Jobs to ask about the progress of my application?”
Timewise Jobs is an online ‘jobs board’, not a recruitment agency. A jobs board is the online equivalent of an employer advertising a job in a newspaper – and, when you stop and think about it, would you expect a newspaper to be able to tell you about the progress of your application?
Employers do not tell us about what happens during the selection and interview process – and they don’t generally want us to get involved. They’ve chosen a recruitment method that allows them to get their job advert out to a wide audience, and gather applications remotely.
2. “I wanted to apply for a job, and now it’s disappeared before the closing date. Why?!”
The job will have been removed at the request of the employer. This sometimes happens when there are so many applications that the employer decides to close the job early. It may seem unfair, but the employer is just being practical – after all, there’s no point wasting time (theirs or yours) if they already have more than enough good candidates to interview.
Our advice: when you see a job you like, apply quickly. Apart from the possibility that the job may close early, employers often give more attention to the CVs that come in early, before the floodgates open.
3. "Why don't employers ever reply to my job applications?
We completely understand how disheartening this is! We do encourage all employers who advertise with us to reply to candidates, even when the answer is 'no.' But we live in a world where businesses are constantly over-stretched, and many enjoy the anonymity of being able to place job ads without any time-consuming follow-up. And with typically over 30 applications per job, you can see their point - even if it's frustrating for candidates.
So, please don't take it personally if you don't hear from employers - it's the same for everyone.
One piece of advice though: on the law of averages, you should get called for an interview at least once for every 10 to 20 jobs you apply for (it’s impossible to give an exact figure, as it depends on the type of role). If you've applied for a much larger number of jobs than this and never been called for an interview, you should review your CV. Assuming you have all the skills needed for the job, your lack of success probably means that you’re not selling your skills well enough. Take a look at these articles as a starting point:
4. "How do I attach a covering letter as well as a CV when I apply for a job?"
When you apply for a job on Timewise Jobs, you’ll find that you can only attach one document – your CV. But you should always write a covering letter too, to make sure you get across the key reasons why you’re perfect for this job, as well as your enthusiasm for the role.
The way to do this is to copy and paste your cover letter into the box in the application form called ‘Covering Message’. The box looks small, but it will fit up to 4000 characters (approx. 650-700 words). You should include a normal length letter – avoid going by the box size, as one or two sentences will not do the job!
5. What do you mean by a 'flexible job'? A lot of jobs in the '30+ hours/wk' section of Timewise Jobs look like full time jobs.
As well as part time roles, we accept full time vacancies where the employer is genuinely open to flexible options on either location or hours per week. This means that you can feel confident to ask for a flexible arrangement such as a four day week, or to work from home for part of the working week.
Most of these 'full time' roles are advertised by large companies with very advanced flexible working cultures where, as employers, they want to help their staff to balance their careers with the rest of their lives. These companies rarely need to create a part time job, but they welcome applications from candidates who want to work less than full time, and are prepared to consider an arrangement that works both for them and for you.
For further advice, read our article on how to ask for flexibility when applying for full time roles with flexible options.