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Wednesday, August 21, 2019


A very common practice among companies who advertise job vacancies or are looking for contractors or have positions to fill either as freelance or remote is to include in their advertisement the following notification: "Unsuccessful candidates will not be notified" or "only shortlisted candidates will be contacted" or words to that effect.

In today’s job market, the sheer volume of applicants for a single position can overwhelm an HR department. But for many unsuccessful applicants, the lengthy process of applying deserves a bit of quid pro quo. However, with today's technology, how difficult can it be, even for a small company to send failed candidates or applicants who did make consideration a brief email or text message.

After all, they’ve put the effort into meeting the criteria and possibly even fronted for a face-to-face interview. Yet often they wait in vain for acknowledgment or, rarer still, some constructive criticism that might help them in their next attempt. 

It was common practice in the pre-internet age for businesses, large or small to send a brief letter through the mail to failed applicants. With all companies now having access to the internet and software for mass emailing, why can't companies send a brief email to rejected applicants? Are they just too lazy? Too arrogant? Or do they just not care?  

The publishing business is the one industry that seems to have no problem in issuing rejection letters and in some cases, even offering some constructive criticism to writers submitting their work. If publishing companies, large or small can send out letters and emails, why cannot other businesses?

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