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The Silent Epidemic: The Power Surge In Job Seeker Ghosting and How To Protect Yourself

Are you a job seeker already having one or more instances of “ghosting” this year?

If so, you are not alone.

Recent reports from recruiters and human resources professionals indicate that ghosting – when potential employers suddenly stop communicating during the hiring process or even after a job offer has been made – is on the rise.

In fact, some experts claim that it's doubled over the past several months compared to prior years.

What is ghosting?

As a jobseeker, there's nothing more frustrating than sending out resumes and cover letters, attending interviews, and then waiting for a response that never comes.

This is commonly known as "ghosting," a phenomenon where employers suddenly disappear without any communication or explanation.

In today's competitive job market, ghosting has become a troubling trend that is challenging for job seekers and employers. 

This rising phenomenon involves abruptly ending all communication without warning or explanation. 

According to recent statistics, approximately 40% of job seekers have reported being ghosted by potential employers during their job hunt. 

Likewise, around 28% of hiring managers have admitted to ghosting job candidates during the interview process. 

This is a worrying trend that can be detrimental to both job seekers and businesses. 

As an expert in the field, I cannot stress the importance of keeping lines of communication open enough.







Why do employers ghost candidates?

One of the main reasons for this is the high demand for jobs and the large number of applicants.

With so many individuals vying for a single position, recruiters often have to sift through hundreds of resumes and conduct multiple interviews.

This can be time-consuming; unfortunately, some employers may choose to avoid an uncomfortable conversation by simply disappearing instead.

Another reason could be a lack of professionalism and courtesy on the part of the employer.

They may not see any value in providing feedback or rejection to a candidate they do not intend to hire.


How ghosting affects job seekers...

Ghosting can be extremely frustrating and demoralizing for job seekers.

After investing time and effort into applying and interviewing for a position, being ignored without any explanation can leave them feeling disrespected and undervalued.

It can also put them in a difficult position if they have turned down other job offers or made plans to relocate for the potential role.

This lack of communication can also affect their confidence and make it more challenging for them to continue their job search.

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The coin is two-sided...

Job seekers who ghost organizations are causing incredible frustration for employers who are trying to find the right candidate for their team. 

Recent studies have shown that nearly 50% of job applicants have failed to show up for a scheduled interview or have abandoned the application process entirely. 

This is not only a waste of valuable time and resources for employers but can also negatively impact the job seeker's reputation in the industry. 

As an expert in the field, I recommend that job seekers make a concerted effort to follow through with the application process, even if they have decided the job isn't for them. 

Providing some form of closure, such as an email declining further interviews, is not only the polite thing to do, but it also shows professionalism and respect for the recruiter's time. If you are unsure what to write, grab time on my calendar. I have written email correspondence templates for you.

By respecting and following through with the application process, job seekers can improve their chances of finding the right career opportunity.


5 signs to identify if a company has ghosted you

  1. Lack of communication: One of the most obvious signs of being ghosted by a company is a lack of communication. This may include not hearing back after an interview or never receiving an update on your application status.

  2. No response to follow-ups: If you have contacted the company for an update and have not received a response, it could be a sign of ghosting. A company genuinely interested in your application would respond to your follow-ups.

  3. Job posting disappears: If you notice that the job posting for the position you applied for suddenly disappears, it could be a sign that the company has already chosen someone else and is no longer considering new applicants.

  4. Unprofessional behavior: Ghosting can also manifest in unprofessional behavior, such as canceling interviews without notice or not responding to your emails or calls. This lack of consideration and disrespect can be a red flag for a company's culture.

  5. Gut feeling: Sometimes, you may just have a gut feeling that something is off. If you've been waiting for a response from the company and it doesn't feel right, trust your instincts and consider it a sign that you may have been ghosted. Overall, trust yourself and remember that being ghosted does not reflect your worth as a candidate.

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What to do if you think a company has ghosted you

  1. Follow up: If you haven't heard back from the company after a reasonable amount of time, it's okay to follow up once or twice via email or phone call. Keep your message polite and professional, but also make sure to express your interest in the position.

  2. Move on: While it's important to follow up, don't let yourself get too hung up on one particular company. Continue your job search and apply to other opportunities that interest you. Remember, there are plenty of fish in the sea.

  3. Seek feedback: If possible, try reaching out to a recruiter or hiring manager at the company for feedback on your application or interview. This can help you understand if there were any areas where you could improve for future opportunities.

  4. Take a break: If you've been actively job searching and feel discouraged after being ghosted, take a break. Focus on self-care and activities that bring you joy. This can help recharge your energy and motivation for your job search.

  5. Learn from the experience: Every setback is an opportunity to learn and grow. Reflect on the situation and see if there's anything you could do differently in your job search process. Perhaps doing more research on the company or improving your interview skills can help you in the future. Keep a positive mindset and keep moving forward. Remember, being ghosted by a company does not define your worth as a candidate, so don't let it bring you down. Use it as an opportunity to improve and find a job that is the right fit for you. 


Your next steps...

Now that you better understand ghosting and how to handle it, it's time to take action.

Here are some steps you can take to improve your job search process and increase your chances of success:

  1. Research companies: Before applying for a job, make sure to research the company thoroughly. Look into their values, culture, and current news or events to better understand their reputation and potential fit for you.

  2. Network: Networking is crucial in today's job market. Attend industry events, connect with professionals on LinkedIn, and reach out to your network for advice or potential job leads.

  3. Have a backup plan: It's always good to have a backup plan in case you do get ghosted by a company. This can include having other job applications in progress or exploring alternative career paths.

  4. Improve your skills: Take the time to improve your skills and qualifications, whether that's through online courses, certifications, or volunteering opportunities. This will make you a more attractive candidate and boost your confidence during the job search process.

  5. Stay positive: Job searching can be challenging, but it's essential to stay positive and believe in yourself. Remember that setbacks are a part of the journey, and there will always be new opportunities waiting for you. Keep your head up and keep pushing forward toward your goals. Good luck!

No matter what stage of your job search process, remember to stay resilient and never let ghosting bring you down.

Trust in yourself and your abilities, keep moving forward, and eventually, you will find the right opportunity for you.

Keep learning, growing, and networking - and with patience and determination, success will come knocking on your door.

Remember, the right opportunity will come at the perfect time for you.




Here's the Bottom Line...

In today's fast-paced job market, continuously developing your personal career brand is essential.

Whether you're actively looking for a new position or want to stay on top of your professional game, having a polished and informative resume and profile can make all the difference.

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