BLUF: How quickly should one follow up with a recruiter when they say they are talking to the hiring manager "this afternoon?"
I work in R&D in the pharmaceutical industry and have posted for several years about challenges I've had, jobs I've interviewed with, and that I wanted to stay because of my project since I was the inventor of it. Unfortunately, the company will not be going forward with my project. While my job is safe, I am now looking for new opportunities much more strongly than I was before.
I have always kept in touch with a lot of recruiters. At times, they are poor at returning calls. Then suddenly they have an opportunity and always picking up the phone when I call. I have made contact with many of them. A few said they were working on an opportunity and talking to the hiring manager the next day. Then I don't hear back. I follow up and they said they are checking on this or that. My question is, how quickly should I followup with these recruiters, or should I at all? It seems when they have a match, they won't stop calling me but when they don't, you don't hear back. Right now, since I am more interested, should I followup more? .