Job seekers lament over the “lack of feedback” employers and recruiters are providing. They are faced with huge numbers of candidates, and not enough resources. But is that really an excuse? Then there’s the risk of legal action. With so many things to consider, it’s important to keep your cool and realize, sometimes you just won’t get the type of response you are looking for.
If you’ve been actively job searching, this should come as no surprise. One jobseeker sent me the following comment:
The “once again” dismal job market improves the chances of employers
just treating their candidates as the “commodity” without needing or
desiring to use even a modicum of proper business like treatment.
I truly empathize with those frustrated by lack of feedback or any communication from employers to whom they have interviewed with or sent their resumes. But on the other hand, who said we were supposed to hear back? Ok, after an interview, I’ll agree, the employer should let you know if you are still being considered, but they don’t have to let you know why you are not a fit. What would you do with that information anyway…change your personality? I don’t think so.
“Job Fit” is not a science. Personality is certainly a component, so are communication style, values and priorities. We just don’t get along with everyone and who really wants to work for someone they don’t like?
Let me ask this- would you be able to tell an employer exactly why you decided not to accept a job…or exactly why you are leaving a job? If you are smart, you know to keep your reasons general- aren’t you protecting your reputation? So what’s the difference?
One of life’s lessons is to accept that we cannot change things we have no control over. Learn what you can, and move forward!
Hannah Morgan speaks and writes about job search and career strategies. She founded CareerSherpa.net to educate professionals on how to maneuver through today’s job search process. Hannah was nominated as a LinkedIn Top Voice in Job Search and Careers and is a regular contributor to US News & World Report. She has been quoted by media outlets, including Forbes, USA Today, Money Magazine, Huffington Post, as well as many other publications. She is also author of The Infographic Resume and co-author of Social Networking for Business Success.