So a lot of my friends and recent graduates are looking for jobs now. That process is miserable, as I wrote about earlier.
I enjoyed a NYTimes article on how employers should be nice to applicants. Now, I just got a job and had a wonderful experience, so not all employers are bad.
But many employers vacuum up resumes through non-specific and ridiculously descriptive listings. It is no wonder that people must sift through hundreds of resumes, because companies have such unreal requirements in their listings that no one believes those requirements are real.
There’s a lot that needs improvement but the easiest thing to fix is being more responsive. Or, I should say, responsive to begin with.
Most likely you send in a resume and never hear back at all. How are you supposed to know whether your application was viewed and rejected, or just lost or ignored? One friend of mine said that they forgot to look at their application-receptacle e-mail address for a few months and they had a huge backlog. Never even viewed!
Even if it’s some form letter saying you’ve been rejected, you can at least move on with that knowledge instead of wondering.
The NYTimes article makes the case that it’s just more professional, and better business. I do think it highly unprofessional to never hear back from someone or some firm. Where else would you get off blowing someone off who expresses professional interest? If there were a monetary value associated with application relations, most firms would be deeply in the red.
I think there should be a reputation tool that allows job hunters to rate firms. If they apply for a job, they track when they sent the application in, when they heard back (if ever), and what experience they had with the entire process. A list of the contacts they had with the firm would also be important. Then job hunters could rate the firms with the highest quality in applicant relations. This of course would best be bi-directional, with firms being able to do the same with applicants.
I have a lot of issues with how firms are run these days and this is one of the most visible problems out there. Anyone want to step up and implement this idea?