Is it still okay to ghost a new employer?

Monday, September 12, 2022 10:47 a.m.


Aisling O’Toole

Aisling O’Toole is a Jobbio contributor as well as a leading journalist who has worked with major Irish media companies including TV, radio and podcasts.

“He’s just not very interested.” A slogan heard on every hit, every day, as single men and women struggle with London’s notoriously difficult dating scene, where ghosting, breadcrumbs, handcuffs and eye sockets are just normal.

Due to the proliferation of potential partners available online and the fact that there are more women than men, we seem to have lost all common decency when it comes to romance. And now it seems our bad manners are spilling over into our professional lives as more and more people pose as ghost employers – potentially caused by the same thing. Too many choices.

For the first time since recordings began, there are now more jobs that job seekers in the UK which resulted in a reversal of the labor market in favor of the employee. With companies struggling to fill positions after The big resignationworkers are inundated with offers, even those who are not actively looking to move.

The result is that we started weeding out recruiters and employers, knowing that there are a lot more career fish in the sea. In fact, before the pandemic 41% of job seekers felt ghosting an employer was appropriate and in today’s tight labor market that number has increased as power has shifted.

Rude and unprofessional

Unlike your personal life, where there is an endless array of potential partners to choose from, your professional life is a little more contained. Experts say that ghosting an employer is not only rude and unprofessional, but can also hurt your career progress.

People talk, industries are small, and the HR manager you ghost today could be the VP of talent you want to impress seven years from now. Why put your name and reputation at risk for a polite “thank you but no thank you” email?

If you wish to opt out of a recruitment process, job offer or start date (yes, some people have been known to accept a position and not show up), it is important that you are concise, honest and respectful in your communications. Of course, the sooner you can say no the better, but if you’re deeply committed to the hiring process and you get a better offer or find yourself in a more interesting role, be honest and bow out. , don’t just disappear.

Email, or better yet, call the hiring manager and explain that you’ve received a counteroffer that better matches your career aspirations, or that, upon reflection, you think the job isn’t for you, but that you would like to keep in touch with potential opportunities.

As employees now enjoy their day in the sun, the threat of a potential recession continues to loom large, so staying connected with as many hiring managers and recruiters as possible will only be beneficial. Think of it as saving for a career rainy day.

If you are currently masking an employer, ask yourself why. Are you expecting something better or did you go too far in the process before you realized this wasn’t the right role for you?

Either situation can be resolved by exploring the opportunities available on the AM City Job Board, where dozens of companies are currently recruiting for positions across all industries. We’ve found three exciting roles below.

Head of Talent and Development, Paddy Power Betfair

The role: The Talent & Development Manager Lead the implementation of the defined performance management and goal setting process, creating and delivering content, guidance and training tailored to each audience.

Responsibilities: You will be specifically responsible for managing succession planning and talent development across the division, below the executive level.

Requirements: You will have experience in developing and delivering competency models, competency frameworks, succession plans and leadership development/coaching, as well as an understanding of how analytics can support the process .

Apply for the Talent & Development Manager role or check out other jobs available on Paddy Power Betfair.

Senior Security, Detection and Response Engineer, Airbnb

The role: The Senior Security Engineer will directly impact the creation, optimization and growth of security capabilities to deliver world-class threat detection and incident response.

Responsibilities: You will be responsible for coordinating and driving resolutions on a wide range of incidents. You will analyze root causes, trends and systematic issues to improve procedures across the business.

Requirements: You will have more than five years of hands-on technical experience in security engineering, systems engineering, software engineering, network engineering, or privacy engineering.

Apply for the Senior Security Engineer role or explore other vacancies currently available at Airbnb.

.NET Senior Software Engineer – Remote, UnitedHealth Group

The role: The Senior Software Engineer will play an important role in supporting key strategic initiatives for the commercial component of advanced analytics and digital products.

Responsibilities: You will work as a full stack engineer and will design, code, build and test software solutions in the DevOps Scrum environment while leading the team’s efforts to resolve all production issues in a timely manner.

Requirements: You will have experience with .NET, development/operations experience with a commercial cloud environment, preferably MS Azure, strong experience with Agile, continuous integration and continuous delivery and Microsoft .NET technology stack: C# / .NET, .NET Core, Web APIs.

Apply for the Senior Software Engineer role or browse other opportunities on UnitedHealth Group.

For more available jobs, explore the City AM Job Board

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