Having completed the reconsideration request for my Google Map listing, I read the advice on the page that suggested that most requestes are considered within 3 working days. Nothing could be further from the truth. In total, this process took 6 weeks before my listing was finally reinstated.
When you’re applying for a job and hear nothing back from the employer, it’s really frustrating. You think that you’re being ignored and the temptation is to give them a push. I felt exactly the same way with Google. As time went by, I became more and more frustrated and there were repurcussions for me financially and reputationally. It’s hard to explain to someone as to why they can’t find your business on Google.
The question of whether to contact a potential employer abour an outstanding job application is a complex one with no singe correct answer. Sometimes, an email remnder will help but then again you are concerned that someone will treat you worse as a result of you pushing them. Sometimes a phone call helps. I wish that I could have called Google and spoken to someone as the issue could have been resolved quickly and easily. The sad truth, however, is that I was relatively unimportant to Google and many employers also have other priorities to deal with as well as recruitment.
My advice is to be persistent but professional. If you can find a phone number and a contact to speak to then a phone call made politely and professionally can definitely help the process. Asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of strength and we all need help at certain parts of our lives.
The end of this story is a happy one. Six weeks after the filing of the initial reinstatement request, my listing was reinstated. I had changed nothing but my listing miraculously now met Google’s standards! How? I have no idea but am guessing that someone did actually take the time to listen to what I had put in the reinstatement request and act accordingly. The lesson for your job search is perhaps that patience and persistence pays off in the end. If you need help with your job search then I’ll be delighted to help.
Author: Glenn Hughes
I’m a professional CV writer who also writes website content, LinkedIn profiles, helps people with bespoke job applications and more. I’ve been writing for the internet since 2009 and have many published articles.