As I said, I’ve cast a few lines in the water seeking full-time work. What I’ve pulled out of the water has been a little frightening.
I understand our economy has been stuck in neutral at best for several years now. Yeah, economists say the recession ended in 2009 because the growth needle stuck a toe out of negative numbers, but I don’t think most people believe it. The ole USA ain’t what she used to be and people detect the scent of decay in the wind.
In those rare instances that a professional job opens up, dozens will pounce on it. Sometimes I’m one of them.
In most cases, what I’ve gotten in response to my professionalism and well-crafted, individually written cover letters is appalling.
The lackadaisical, unprofessional responses are astonishing. Do those responsible for hiring expect to get the ax any time now so they figure why put forth any effort? Are they trying to warn away others from joining their godforsaken company? Or are they just that sure that they can treat people like dirt and they’ll take it?
I can’t hazard a guess. It makes no sense to me.
Thus far, I can recount three case studies of how not to conduct recruitment of a mid-level manager.
I’m going to call this series You Get What You Give.
I’m not naming any names, nor will I. I figure the parties in question are beyond help so I hope these tales will prompt those on the brink of moribund to look a little livelier.
Case No. 1 — A wall of silence
I was contacted to arrange a phone interview for a department head position. The call arrived at the appointed time and the person who would be my boss and I talked for at least an hour. I thought we hit it off and he said he would be in touch.
Days pass. Then weeks. I send an email to check the progress of the selection. Nothing.
I finally called him and caught him. I figured leaving a message would be a waste of time. At this point, I wouldn’t work for someone so rude, but I wanted an answer. I wanted to know whether I didn’t measure up or whether they thought I was qualified but the position was put on hold. Big difference.
“So, Joe or Sam or Billy, how is your search coming along?”
“Oh. We’re still considering candidates but should decide next week. I‘ll let you know.”
That was the last contact I had with the company.
Really? I spent an hour with you and you can’t give me the courtesy of a reply?
I was someone they were trying to lure to their company. I can only imagine how they treat staff once employees are beholden to them. Yikes.
Next week: An example of how to recruit excellent candidates. I don’t have a personal example, but certainly there is one out there.