Getting beyond the gatekeepers can be one of the most challenging for job seekers. Gatekeepers can be those most obvious, such as administrative or personal assistants to the company’s hiring managers, department heads, and executives. But, gatekeepers can be those in less obvious roles as well, such as assistant managers, supervisors, engineers, and so on. Your first thought might be that only those within some sort of support role serve as gatekeepers, yet directors and executives can be gatekeepers as well. Gatekeepers are merely those who put obstacles in front of you — demonstrated by dodging questions, failing to answer e-mails, and eventually pawning you off to someone else.
Gatekeepers Are Generally Tasked To...
- Provide limited or no information to job seekers
- Point every applicant down the same path for applying
- Comply with company procedure pertaining to hiring practices