Searching for a job is one of the most stressful events all have the pleasure in experiencing. If only there was a way to make the memory even more traumatic—oh wait, there is…
In a time of extreme career competition, it has become obvious employers don’t always play nice. As a matter of fact, according to “WEDDLE’s” Research (scheduled to be presented this month), many are downright rude.
In summary, the result of the survey question “What is the single worst thing that has happened to you in a job search?” is as follows:
· 45% – they submitted a resume and heard nothing back from the employer
· 24% – they received no information or feedback from the employer once they entered its recruiting process
· 19% – they had no serious negative experiences
· 07% – the hiring manager or recruiter who interviewed them was poorly prepared
· 05% – the hiring manager, recruiter, or an employee was rude or hostile to them during the process
While teaching college students, I held active (and oftentimes overly vocal) discussions regarding what to expect and what not to expect preceding and following résumé submissions. Most students had no idea of proper protocol on the potential employer’s side. The most common expectation from students was “I submit my résumé and will get a call within a few days to let me know I am scheduled for an interview or not scheduled for an interview.” Was it my role to let the class know most employers don’t bother letting the candidate know they don’t match what they are looking for at this time?
Is “push them out of the academic nest and let them fly on their own” the rule of the day? If this is the modern approach, am I not as guilty in lowering the rudeness bar?
What messages are employers sending students by saying nothing at all? Is it professionally acceptable to ignore potential candidates in the hopes they simply will go away? As a certified career coach, I receive complaints from both sides of the equation and now long to find answers. Look at the percentages again, to me the most concerning figure is the 19% (those who had no serious negative experience). Am I to believe four out of five DO engage in a serious negative experience? If so, has it always been this way?
Now it’s time to ask ourselves, are students prepared to react professionally to the bad behavior they are about to encounter face to face? In the tone of this article, I would love to hear your approach and a story or two directly related to potential employers and the encounter experienced. Or, throw in a comment; remember saying nothing at all is considered rude in some circles.