In today’s economy, we all are lucky to have a job. What if you don’t have one and are looking for employment? There are many people who do not have a job at this time. I have read many articles about the long lines of applicants waiting to fill out applications for new jobs. Unfortunately, there are more applicants than job positions.
How does the above relate to manners and etiquette? After you have applied for a job, do you want to hear that your application was received? Do you want to know if you are being considered for the position? Do you desire to hear any comment from the employer? Yes, of course you do. Why would you go to all the trouble of applying if you weren’t serious about the job?
There have been many times that people have told me that they never heard one word from a prospective employer. Unfortunately, this has been happening even before the recent economic crisis. I understand that today there are many applicants applying for one job. What I don’t understand is the lack of response on the employer’s part. Where did common courtesy go with respect to acknowledging the applicant? Many may say that it’s too difficult to respond to all applicants. Well, I disagree. With modern technology, it’s easy to have a generic e-mail that can be sent. I personally know of people who have applied for specific jobs where the number of applicants isn’t high that never heard anything from the employer. What kind of impression is the employer giving to the applicant? I don’t believe that it is a very good one. There needs to be some acknowledgment on the employer’s part. Put yourself in their position. Would you like it if no one responded to you? I don’t think you would.
Manners and courtesy transcend all aspects of our lives. We must strive to remember this in all situations even if the situation seems a little overwhelming.
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