This post has been a long time in coming (approximately 8 months of time), but I've put it off for various reasons. What if a future employer reads this and thinks I'm being totally a snob or unreasonable? Or what if that job I just interviewed for checks on my blog and sees that ... well damn it, I'd like to be treated like a person and not a piece of paper BEFORE I get the job offer.
But I can't hold it in any more people. I can't do it. There needs to be some kind of HR coup and I'm ready to get the ball rolling.
I spend a lot of time applying for the jobs - all the jobs, getting ready for interviews, making myself look as nice as possible (ie ironing!), and showing up on time to interviews. I rehearse things to say, I prepare questions to ask, I research the organisation. I google what makes for a good interviewee. I'm not saying I'm perfect, but I try to present my best self.
And yet, I hardly feel like the same courtesy is coming back to me. I've received rejection letters to Mr. Decoybetty (I have a very feminine first name!)...there are spelling mistakes in the position descriptions. Sometimes if I call to clarify something, I'm given the wrong information and it takes me even longer to apply for the job.
I think the majority of the time, the employer forgets a. what it's like being unemployed and b. that they're making an impression on the prospective employee with every single action.
If the position description says "call us to find out more" and then when I call all you do is say "email us a cover letter" that doesn't make me feel great. In fact, I probably spent time thinking up things to to say, insightful questions, and gathered a wheelbarrow full of bravery to pick up the phone. If you want me to just email you, that's totally cool. I'm fine with that, just don't waste my time and courage on a making the phone call.
I've gotten calls about getting an interview, have been super excited and then never received any information at all about the location of the interview. In this instance, I actually had to call the organisation twice to find out where it was.
I've gotten calls an hour before an interview telling me that they need to reschedule. I've been made to wait 20 minutes before they'll see me.
After the interviews when they say "we'll call you on Thursday" and I don't hear from them until the following Wednesday...I understand that life happens. But couldn't one send a quick email just saying it's going to take longer or not say a day at all if their unsure?
Some of these jobs would have been life changing opportunities. Some of these jobs were The Dream Job. Some of these jobs were at organisations that I respect and if I had extra cash sometime I'd consider giving a donation. However, they seem to forget all these points. They forget that for the person applying for it might be their dream job, the one opportunity they've waited MONTHS for. They forget that they need to impress me to - that someday I might be a donor or a supporter and that I'll look back and say "they actually weren't that kind to me, I'm going to give my money to someone else."
Maybe it sounds petty, and maybe it sounds like just little things. All I want is some consideration to the fact that while this might be just another meeting in an employer's day, it's probably the highlight of my week. But just because I've been waiting for the moment to impress them, doesn't mean I can turn a blind eye to being treated like just another piece of paper.