Friday, March 2, 2012
The Job Hunt: Employer Etiquette
It is a tough job market out there. Not only in the horse world, but pretty much everywhere in the US. It can be frustrating, annoying, hard, and just downright stressful. What can make it even more stressful, is an employer with horrible HR etiquette skills. I have my own experience and it usually goes somewhat like this:
I find this awesome (more often than not, horse) job, that I know that I will be perfect for because I have the experience and education to do the job correctly and efficiently. Well, the employer reads my resume/ goes through my reference sheet and seems to be really excited about me and what I have to offer. The first interview comes and goes without a hitch. We (the job, environment and well, myself) seem perfect for each other. The second interview with a different person comes and goes, again, without a hitch. The employer states that I am exactly what they are looking for and that they will be calling again shortly. Everything seems perfect, but then it happens....silence, nothing. A week passes and still nothing. I try and re-establish communication, but it is as if the person has fallen off the face of the earth. Just poof, gone! Weeks turn into months and months turn into years. I move past it, but there is still that little bit of hope that the company will call or e-mail me back....eventually.
I don't know how many people this may have happened to, but I wouldn't be against the thought that it happens a lot these days. It seems that in this day and age, in a world that is rife with technology and advancements, it wouldn't be that hard to send out an e-mail, letter or just to call and tell the potential employee that they have found someone else. It takes, what 2 minutes at most?? So, are people really that busy that they cannot spare 2 minutes??
On another note, what is this message sending to the potential employee? Do employees really want to work for someone that can't do a simple 2 minute max task? Probably not. I know I wouldn't. It is like a slap across the face saying "WAKE UP!!" This job, these people, their character isn't what you are looking for. You just got a view into the future, and if these people don't have the professionalism or etiquette right now, how many red flags do you think will arise somewhere down the line??
So, here is the advice I would give to people in this kind of situation: they just gave you a great opportunity!! They let you see who they really are. Don't give up, though, because not every employer is like this.... and you will find something better. Just keep your chin up, look to the horizon and keep moving forward.....