Professional Ghosting

Ghosting is becoming increasingly prevalent in our society. But what started off as a way to turn down a date in the hopes they “got the hint” that you were no longer interested has since transferred to the professional world as well.

Right now, it’s a candidate’s market – there are more jobs out there than there are unemployed individuals, so simple supply and demand tells us that a candidate has quite a few job options to choose from. But what do they do with all the other offers that they ultimately decide are not for them? Some candidates will cease all communication with the other companies, never to return the recruiters emails or phone calls.

It’s not just candidates though who do this – it’s companies too. It happens on both sides. What do companies do with the candidates they take through their interview process but don’t end up hiring? Some of them will also cease all communication, never telling the candidate that they decided to go in a different direction.

But professional ghosting is also still not specific to the recruiting and hiring process. Prospects will ghost you. Sales representatives will sound interested in your business only to never follow back up.

At the end of the day, professional ghosting is a problem across the board in the business world, pointing to a deeper problem that is at the root of all this ghosting.

We don’t want to put ourselves in an awkward situation of turning someone down. People will say that ghosting happens because you don’t want to hurt someone else’s feelings, but is that really true? It’s more that we don’t like the feeling we have while we’re turning someone down rather than being sensitive to someone else’s feelings. It sounds harsh, but it’s true.

Is telling someone you’re no longer interested the best conversation you’re going to have that day? Absolutely not. In fact, it’s straight up awkward and uncomfortable. But isn’t it better to give clarity that you’re not moving forward than to leave the other person wondering for awhile until they realize they’ve just been ghosted? We want people to be honest with us, and receiving a no can actually be a good thing. You know that door is closed and you don’t have to put any more valuable time and energy into it. You can focus your attention on what is going to propel you forward.

So the next time you’re not interested in something or someone – whether it’s in your professional or personal life – instead of just ignoring it and waiting for it to go away, ask yourself if that’s the most mature way to handle the situation. Instead face the slightly uncomfortable moment, politely decline, and move on.

By Allison Walke, Talent Acquisition & Onboarding

How-To Guide: Finding the Right Career Fit

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, median job tenure is 4.2 years. Forbes states that 91% of Millennials are expecting to stay at a job no longer than 3 years. So what does that mean? Well, a whole lot of people are struggling to find the right career fit.

People are trying something, finding out it’s not “for them”, and then jumping to the next opportunity. And this vicious cycle can continue on for awhile.

It’s hard to know what you want to do and where you want to work. The interview process is often more tailored to the company finding the right employee fit than giving the candidate ample opportunity to make sure it’s the right career fit for them. So it makes sense that a lot of people find themselves in a job that isn’t fulfilling.

But how exactly do you go about finding the right career fit? There are a few things you can do to better align your next opportunity with your career goals….

Determine what you’re looking for. Or at least, what you’re NOT looking for.

Sometimes it’s hard to know what you want to do next. But it might not be as hard to figure out what you DON’T want to do next. If there were specific things that you didn’t like about your previous job, avoid those things in your job search. Learn from your prior experience. Maybe you hated feeling like an anonymous number at a large corporation? Only look at small to medium sized companies then.

Help to narrow your search down by thinking about the following questions:

  • Would I prefer to work at a large company or a small company?
  • What type of corporate culture do I want to immerse myself in?
  • Would I rather work for a company that sells a tangible product or an intangible service?
  • Where am I at in life? Do I need a job with the flexibility to work from home? Do I want a job with lots of travel opportunities?
  • What kinds of people do I tend to work best with and in what environment?
  • What are my greatest strengths that I can bring to a company?

Do your research!

There are a lot of people who, when they’re looking for a new job, apply to just about every single opportunity they see. While it may not take a ton of time to send off a resume, it’s still a waste to apply to jobs that are not even remotely what you’re looking for. You want a job in the nursing field? Why are you spending your time applying to a logistics company then? Read the job description and make sure that the opportunity at least initially looks like something that would align with your wants and needs.

While the job description and company website should give you some general information about the position and the company, it’s probably not going to give you a full picture. Look at their social media as well – smaller companies especially often use their social media to promote their corporate culture. Use LinkedIn to see who works for the company, and reach out to mutual connections or alumni of your university to get their take on the work environment.

Prepare tons of questions.

During the interview process, there will be lots of opportunities to ask questions, probably to several different employees. Be strategic and have a lot of questions prepared on the top aspects of the company and role that you’re looking for. If culture is really important to you, ask questions about that. Read more about good questions to ask during the interview here. Asking current employees about their experiences with the company is a great way to determine if the environment is going to be the right one for you.

Take time to think about the offer.

If you get a formal job offer, don’t rush into anything. Make sure you see everything in writing, but also give yourself time to think about the job opportunity. No job is ever going to be perfect, but there should be more positives about the role than negatives. You should be excited about the job opportunity! If you aren’t excited and the job doesn’t meet your main qualifications, then you should keep looking. While accepting a job doesn’t mean you’re obligated to stay there forever, it is a big decision and one that is going to affect your daily life for at least some time. The decision shouldn’t be made lightly – you should be confident that you’re making the right decision.

There is no exact science for finding the right career fit, but you can learn from your previous experiences to make a better informed choice next time. Sometimes you don’t really know if you’re going to love a job until after you get settled into it, but by reflecting on what you want, researching companies and applying strategically, preparing questions, and taking time to think about the offer, you can make a good next career move.

By Allison Walke, Talent Acquisition & Onboarding