Looking for a job in this still-tight job market can be frustrating enough. For many, it’s made worse when they never even hear back from the company they had hoped to work for.
A post this week finding that 75 percent of employed jobseekers never heard back from at least one potential employer struck a nerve with many readers.
About three quarters of the more than 16,000 people who took our poll said they thought employers should follow up with everyone who applies for a job.
Many readers said they just want to know whether they should move on or keep hoping they might get a callback.
“People put effort in applying, at minimum, they should get a response that their application was received,” one reader said.
Some readers said they thought it was OK not to follow up with everyone who applies for a job – a difficult task these days, when many companies are inundated with hundreds of applications.
“It'd be nice, but I'm not naive enough to think some of these HR people have enough time to contact the thousands of people applying,” another reader commented.
Some who work in human resources agreed.
“I work in HR, and you just don't know what you're asking. Resources are thin, and it's just not possible to send out so many replies,” one reader said.
It’s one thing to never contact those who apply, but many felt it was just plain rude to not let people who interviewed know if they got the job or not.
“Being unemployed is hard enough on the self-esteem, but being completely ignored by companies after having interviewed is just soul crushing,” one reader wrote.