In my personal experience and that of friends and family, there are numerous occasions where businesses in Siouxland fail to respond to job applicants, even after an interview. Not only is this simply rude; it adds unnecessary anxiety to those eager to find a job, and is a waste of business resources. Businesses spend a lot of money advertising for jobs. They try their best to make their company look attractive. They want to hire individuals who are courteous. However, the practice of not following up with applicants expresses the opposite traits they wish to attract. It only takes a minute to send someone an email thanking them for applying to let them know you received their application. Thus, an applicant doesn’t have to worry that the application somehow got lost. It takes more time for an HR person to fill their coffee cup or discuss football with a coworker than to send an email informing an applicant they were not selected. And what cost does this apathy have to the business? In the future, they may need that applicant. That applicant may tell people of their experience with that company and they could loose a good candidate who wants to work where people are respected. That person may end up working for a business customer of the hirer and the experience could make them lose a large account. Burning bridges isn’t worth it. Not following up makes no cents! -- James Vondrak, Orange City, Iowa
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