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What to Remember When You don’t Hear Back on a Job Application.

What to Remember When You don’t Hear Back on a Job Application.

You found a great job online, you’ve put together the perfect application and clicked send, and now the wait begins. Waiting to hear back from a company after applying for a job can seem like a daunting process, but it doesn’t need to be. Our best recommendation would be to work with a recruiter from AltGen as our team provides you with feedback every step of the way, preventing you from feeling like you’re left in the dark. However, if that’s not the route you want to go, here are some points to keep in mind:
  • The company’s turnaround time: The average time it takes to hear back after applying is between 1 to 2 weeks or 10 – 14 days. If you apply for a job advertised by AltGen, we will send you an email acknowledging your application has been received, and if after ten days you haven’t heard from us, unfortunately, your application is unsuccessful. Every company will differ, and sometimes the urgency or volume of applications will influence the time it takes to hear back from a job application.
  • Review the job description or posting: If you are unsure of how long you can expect to wait before hearing back, relook at the job advert as it may include information on how long you can expect to wait. If you’re planning to follow up with the company, don’t reach out to them before the stated time is over.
  • Continue your job search: While you are waiting to hear back on your application, continue exploring the other vacancies. This will increase your chances of finding the job you’re perfect for and help alleviate any nerves as you’re not putting all your hope into one position.
  • Job requirements: Make sure that you only apply for roles where you meet most, if not all, of the requirements. Recruiters and employers won’t consider your application if the non-negotiables aren’t met. Save yourself and the recruiter time by only applying for the best-suited jobs, this will also increase your chance of hearing back about your application.
  • There is not enough time: We understand that you want to find out if your application is being taken further in the recruitment process, but it’s important to keep in mind that recruiters and company’s don’t always have the time to respond to every single application. It doesn’t mean that your application hasn’t been seen, it just means that after going through every application, the recruiter isn’t always able to reply to each one individually. A survey carried out by com found that a job advert will receive 118 applications on average!
  • Know when to look for other opportunities: If you’ve followed up with the company and the specified waiting period is over, but you still have not heard back, it’s time to consider moving on to other potential roles. As difficult as it is, you shouldn’t feel disheartened. There are plenty of vacancies on offer, and the right one will come along.
It is important to know when it’s time to move on. If you’ve followed up with the company and the specified waiting period is over, but you still have not heard back, it’s time to consider your application unsuccessful. Remember not to feel discouraged if you don’t hear back. Finding the right job isn’t always easy, and sometimes you need a bit of help and guidance. Make sure to follow us on LinkedIn to keep up to date with our latest job offers and helpful blog posts. If you are a professional in the renewable energy space, we would love you to add your CV to our database for our consultants to refer to when a suitable position becomes available. Click here to upload your CV.

Sean Gibson

Managing Director

“AltGen is all about effecting change, through people. With integrity, and passion”. 

Managing Director and Founder of the AltGen’ Group. Sean has played a pivotal role in steering and leading the vision and mission of AltGen, making AltGen the only highly specialist renewable energy recruitment firm operating within the renewable energy and sustainability space in Africa. Sean oversees the success of the entire group of AltGen companies.

Sean holds a Master of Philosophy in Sustainable Development from Stellenbosch University as well as an Honours degree from Rhodes University

Robert Veith

Sales Director

“Without quality and intelligent effort, there is no success and no reward.”

Joining AltGen in 2014, Robert started as a Recruitment Consultant and has since become our Recruitment Director overseeing the Recruitment and Executive Search division. Robert has extensive experience in securing talent for rare skills in the energy engineering market, including skills to the likes of Power System Engineers, SCADA Engineers, Project Developers and Electrical Engineering skills specific to design.

Through Robert’s leadership, each recruitment team is enabled to focus on their specific area of expertise, ensuring all client hiring needs are met. Through Robert’s years of dedication to sourcing and securing top talent in the industry, he has a wealth of insight into the skills market and provides our clients with a competitive advantage in a scarce skills environment enabling them to effectively execute on some of the most challenging renewable energy projects across Africa. Robert is also responsible for growth of the engineering recruitment team.

Robert holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing Management from UNISA as well as a National Diploma in Electrical Engineering from CPUT.

Lindy Taylor

Business Development & Innovation Director

“The success of an organisation is defined by its people.”

As the Innovation & Business Development Manager, Lindy is responsible for the marketing and business development activities of AltGen. Through her big picture vision, Lindy has enabled AltGen to remain responsive in the cleantech space. She is responsible for engagements with new clients.
Lindy initially joined AltGen in 2015 and has grown into being an integral member of the senior management team. She ensures a collaborative approach with clients catering to their custom needs. Her focus is on attaining new clients, as well as handling contractual relationships with new and existing stakeholders.
Lindy holds a Bachelor’ Degree in Social Sciences from Rhodes University.

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Chris Roetz

Workforce Management Services: General Manager

“My goal is to deliver exceptional operational performance within AltGen – Northern Cape building on people, energy and sustainability”

Chris Roetz oversees AltGen’s Workforce Management division in the Northern Cape. He is responsible for the successful execution of HR advisory and management services for clients’ utility-scale projects in the region. Currently, Roetz mobilises an outsourced staff complement of over 200 employees. He also steers AltGen’s Solar Works programme in conjunction with his Pofadder based team.

Chris has 20 years of professional experience in an HR and outsourced staffing capacity within the energy environment and holds a National Diploma in Human Resource Management from UNISA.

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Muslim Janoowala

Consulting Services: Senior Consultant & Business Development Lead

“My focus is to be able to do impactful work, being in the front lines of the development sector finding solutions to safe and reliable drinking water, power and sanitation”

Muslim Janoowala drives AltGen’s consulting services arm. Muslim has 10+ years of experience in the renewable energy, water and general engineering space in Eastern Africa and has played an instrumental role in the success of AltGen consulting engagement on the AFD Green Mini-grid Programme in Kenya. His expertise caters to M&E activities, project management, impact analysis and assessments of funded water and renewable energy programmes that “enlighten” and uplift communities in rural Africa.

Muslim holds an MSc in Construction Management from Cass Business School and a Bachelor of Engineering in Architectural Environment Engineering from the University of Nottingham.

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Wiehahn de Jager

Senior Consultant & Team Lead

“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.”

Wiehahn de Jager has specialist recruitment expertise in the finance sector and has worked on various mandates for large international and national clients on both a retained and contingency basis. Wiehahn has gained an in-depth understanding of the professional skills operating within the capital markets, fin-tech, and green finance space, with a keen focus on talented professionals within the African context. He has a strong track record successfully working on a range of skill levels, from Directors to Analysts, with a special focus on professionals from mid-level up to Corporate Executives.

Wiehahn holds a Bachelor in Law from the University of Stellenbosch.

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Robert Slater

Senior Consultant & Team Lead

“I love to serve people and be the steppingstone between them and their dream job.”

Robert Slater is an expert in the talent acquisition of carbon management, environmental and social governance-related professionals across Africa. Robert has successfully closed mandates for clients who are focused on sourcing skills with experience in climate change, clean cooking, sustainability, and agricultural environments.

Slater cares deeply for people and the planet, he has a Life Coach Training certification from New Insights and volunteers at ON A MISSION, an NPO which enables businesses and individuals to invest in carbon offset projects. He holds an Honours Degree in Environmental Management from UNISA.

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Natascha Marais


“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door. I look for people who want to change the world and introduce them to like-minded companies.”

Natascha Marais is highly skilled when it comes to sourcing those “unicorns” for our clients in the OEM, AI and technology, economic development, and legal spaces.

Natascha has proven experience in identifying and onboarding professionals to the likes of business developers, sales, and account managers as well as technical sales or software developer skills.

Marais holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Law from Pearson Institute.


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