August 16, 2010

Too much to ask?

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , at 10:28 pm by silversnowdragon

I’ve been looking for a job since my previous company – who shall remain nameless for now – kicked me to the curb after almost 14 years. Part of me is glad I’m not there any more; I needed a switch and this is forcing me to do it. But, on the other hand, I’ll admit to having my moments where I’ve wallowed in anger and resentment and screamed epithets akin to “corporate bastards.”

You gotta allow yourself a little anger now and then.

The job hunt has been miserable, and I’m sure many, many of you out there can relate to that. I’ve had lots of interviews, so I’m lucky in that regard, but haven’t been able to land anything yet. But there is one thing about the job hunt that is really starting to get to me.

Lack of communication from HR recruiters. I know they’re busy, overwhelmed even. But is it really so hard to send someone an email to say “thanks but no thanks?”

I’ve had two examples lately where I have had good, solid first interviews where the recruiter has said, “I’ll be in touch about next steps within the next two weeks.” In both cases, three, four, five, and even six weeks have gone by without a peep. I’ve followed up. I really have. I’ve waited long enough so that I don’t seem desparate or like a stalker. I’ve used email and phone. And the recruiters never call back.

For one job, the last time I spoke to the recruiter and he said to “stick with him” for another week because the hiring manager is on vacation. This was about three weeks ago. Today I got an email from the company with a suggested second job and within that note was a mention of “oh, by the way, we filled the other job.”

Seriously? When you knew I wasn’t going to get a second round interview, could you not have sent me a note yourself? Even one line? I’m a big girl, I’m not going to weep abjectly on the phone. I’m going to move on with my life and my job search. It is just common courtesy as far as I’m concerned – If you tell someone you’re going to follow up with them, you follow up with them.

The other job I interviewed for back in, oh, March, and was told by the recruiter specifcially that I’d get an update on second round interviews within a week. No word and I found out through the grapevine that they’d hired a freelancer to cover the role. Then the position came up again in my job feed but no matter how much I have followed up with the recruiter, he has never once called me back. Clearly I’m not their cup of tea.

Like I said, I understand that in this job market recruiters are overwhelmed with resumes and people to speak to each and every day. But if you’ve taken the time to actually interview someone why are they suddenly not worth your attention if they aren’t the candidate of choice?

No one likes bad news, but it sure is better than being ignored.