Job recruiters and most Job descriptions will include “canvassing will lead to disqualification” at the end, but what does this mean?
There are two types of canvassing;
Direct canvassing, or cold calling or a speculative application, is when one approaches a company they’re interested in directly requesting for employment without them advertising for a vacancy. This will most probably work for you and it’s ethical, plus it shows you have interest in working for the company you are contacting.
Canvassing after job has been posted: This is an attempt to unfairly further your application by contacting the recruiting team of other employees of the company recruiting with the intention of them influencing your selection for the said role.
Recruiting is supposed to be fair to all applicants. The person picked for a role is supposed to be the best among the pack based on their qualifications, not who they know. That’s why Recruiters discourage job seekers from trying to influence the recruitment process either externally or internally.
In some cases, canvassing can also include spam applications. Let’s say CampusBiz is recruiting for 10 vacancies in different departments and you as an applicants looking to increase your chances of being picked, you send 10 different applications for all the available vacancies. This might lead to your automatic disqualifications since it shows you are interested in a specific role that you might excel and benefit the company, rather you’re just looking for any job, regardless of your qualifications/expertise.
There you go folks, now you know what canvassing is, basically it’s an integrity test, a key value for any employee. Leaving the recruitment process to the recruiters shows you believe and trust the process as well as your suitability for the role.