After Birthday parties, Christmas or any other times of celebration my children sit down and write thank you notes to all those who have sent them a gift. It’s time-consuming ( they are lucky kids, too often spoiled rotten by doting Grandparents, Aunts and Uncles ) but I think it important that they acknowledge the time and effort people around them have gone to.
This is not a lesson in parenting, nor am I trying to extol my virtues ( there are very few! ) It did however get me thinking of the values of saying thank you and the part that very simple yet enormously valuable expression can play in the job search.
How many of you ever write to say thank you after an interview? Have you ever considered the value were you to do so?
Think of the impact on your application. You may be one of three, five, ten invited in. That process is often protracted ( it ought not to be but invariably is ). Standing out from the crowd is tough.
Success is in the margins, the small things can make the biggest difference. We are all human. Anything that can help you to remain at the forefront of the hiring managers mind is to be recommended. How long would it take you to write a note to thank your interviewer for their time and to re – affirm, politely, succinctly, your interest in the job?
Even if you have made the decision that this particular post isn’t for you, what impact a short note of thanks? If another job was to arise in that organisation that is more in line with your ambitions, how would such a note impact your chances of success in a future job application?
It takes a second to say thank you, minutes to write an email to express your thanks. Think of the potential impact on your job search? What harm can it do?
Manners cost nothing. Think about that next time you apply for a job.
I promise you I have a sense of humour. ( Many may argue otherwise, but I can assure you I do ). I mention this if only to assure you that I haven’t lost that sense of humour before you go on to read what I have to say about this advertisement from job site www.TheLadders.com
Finding a job is a serious business. If you are out of a job it becomes yet ever more serious. Arguably a sense of humour can be a great asset in the face of tough circumstances, but if you are going to engage with someone, whether that is online or face to face, you want to know that you can trust that representation.
You want to know that the person with whom you are engaging is going to represent your career aspirations with professionalism and integrity. If online, you want to know that the jobs board you are using is able to attract employers to the site that are consistent with your aspirations. Even more so if you are paying for it.
www.TheLadders.com is one such site that you as the job seeker pay for access. Google The Ladders, you get the following;
“With Career advice, Job postings, and Job search tools for professionals”,
www.TheLadders.com lays claim to offer “Job search for professional jobs in the most comprehensive source of £50k+ ($100k+ in the US) jobs on the internet”.
Surely if you are offering job search tools and opportunities for professionals your employer branding should reflect such professionalism? If you want to attract the very best employers to advertise their very best vacancies on your site, you have a responsibility to promote a professional image to ensure those paying for your site (the job seekers) can expect the very best in professional vacancies behind the pay wall?
Like I say I have a sense of humour. Have a look at this advertisement from The Ladders. Would you pay to join a site that claims to offer the cream of opportunities after having watched this? Does it reflect the way you feel about your career?
I would love to hear your comments. Is this the worst recruiter advertisement ever?
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