How Ghosting Can Be a Professional Problem, Too

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Face to face interactions can be limited in the job search process given that most of the resources you need are disposable at your fingertips. Some employers, especially large corporations or franchises, may absolutely require you to fill out surveys and questionnaires strictly online before you could easily get in touch with anyone at the company. That being said, the power of meaningful interactions is not to be underestimated. For one, if you’re able to meet in person with a contact at a workplace you’re interested in, that’s invaluable. On the other hand, even if you’re solely sending resumes online, beware that it may reflect poorly on you if you mindlessly shoot off your resume and loose track of those you’ve been in contact with. ‘Ghosting’ can be a professional problem, too.

The top definition for ghosting on Urban Dictionary is, “When a person cuts off all communication with their friends or the person they’re dating, with zero warning or notice before hand. You’ll mostly see them avoiding friend’s phone calls, social media, and avoiding them in public.” This phenomenon is mostly seen in a personal light, but it can apply in professional settings, as well.

It’s understandable to have ebbs and flows in the job search process where you may be hearing back from more or less places you applied to. However, it’s important to avoid burning any bridges in this process, even if you think an opportunity isn’t right for you at a given moment or it’s hard to respond.

Try not to be a professional ‘ghoster!’ You never know when you might need to circle back to a reference, past employer, potential employer or colleague.


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