I've been actively looking for work for almost a year now. 10 months, 16 days and, well, you get the idea. I've never had so much difficulty looking for work in my life! My background lies in senior-level hospitality management. My resume is stellar, or so says the half a dozen or so corporate executives I've had informational interviews with this year. I'm submitting my resume for jobs not just in my field but branching out into others that still align with my skill set and in all seniority levels.
In the past 10+ months, I've had the following happen (and I'm not fabricating this information in the slightest):
1. I have been stood up twice, by the same recruiter for a preliminary phone interview, then, was ghosted by either the same recruiter, hiring manager or hiring managers secretary not once, not twice, but five times after second and third interviews. Everything goes great, they say they'd like me to next meet with so-and-so, and then nothing. After a polite follow-up, nothing. And, two of these potential employers are highly regarded, national corporate firms. Do the higher-ups know their recruiters operate this way?
2. During a first interview, which happened to be in person, the single senior-level position I was applying for, has suddenly been changed to a three manager position, with of course, much less pay. During the second interview, the COO still couldn't tell me exactly what the compensation was, and said they were still trying to "figure out" how they wanted to structure these roles. Hmmm, shouldn't this be determined BEFORE posting the job?
3. On my first preliminary phone interview, the hiring manager begins the call by telling me the position has already been filled, but wants to know if I'd still like to hear about the role. Had he been kind enough to send me an email with this information prior to our call, I still would have happily talked with him, (networking is key!) but may not have spent the hour + researching the company and compiling questions about the position. Then, I received an email two weeks later from their HR department with their regrets that the position has been filled. Come on, you guys!
4. After several interviews I finally meet with the manager I'd be directly reporting to. She's young, very young, and my resume is impressive to her, but also intimidating. I can tell my the questions she's asking, which have nothing to do with determining my skill set or my ability to do the job. She's nervous in speaking with me and I can tell it's not going well. To put her at ease a bit, I ask her a few questions about her management style, how she enjoys working for the company and so on. She seems really thrown off by my questions and after 15 minutes in the interview says she'll let me know. I realize right away, that I have way more experience in her role than she does, and I think that scared her. I think she was more concerned with me taking her job, than considering the fact that we could probably learn a lot from each other and make a very successful team.
I'm sure I'm not the only one this is happening to, but the lack of professional courtesy out there is absolutely mind blowing. I know in some cases I am just one of hundreds of other applicants, but having been a hiring manager myself, I always extend the courtesy to anyone who anyone I've decided to interview if they're not a good fit, or if I've decided to move forward with another candidate.
Needless to say it's been an interesting year, and while I've had a few laughs, I've also cried with frustration more times than I care to admit, but I remain hopeful. I'd be curious to get feed back, advice, etc. on these scenarios.
Keepin' the faith!