How Technology Killed Communication
The term “communication is key” has never been truer than it is right now. In a world where tech connects everyone, it should be easy to get ahold of anyone. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. By not answering your phone or ‘ghosting’ a company’s text, email or even social media message, you show you may not be a good fit for a job at that company.
Companies keep record of when and how they reach out to potential candidates. Below is a check list to better ensure you aren’t missing important communication during your job search.
Answer the phone: Spam calls have made everyone reluctant of answering calls from unknown numbers, but if you’ve applied for a job position, it’s a good practice to answer every call in case it’s the hiring manager.
Check Voicemails: If you’re unable to answer the phone and see a voicemail has been left, you should promptly check the recording. If it was the company calling, return the call ASAP. The longer you wait, the less likely you are to get the job.
Reply to emails: Along with contacting by phone, many companies will also send an email to candidates. You should have a professional email for your job search rather than something like 420bud@hotmail. The easiest way to ensure you don’t get the job is to not check and respond to communication from the company.
Reply to messages: Many companies have noticed a decline in people answering phone calls and are taking a new approach by sending texts. During your job search, a text comes from an unknown number, read the message. This could be coming from the company you applied for with instructions on setting up an interview, you need to respond.
Communication is an essential part of any job, so showing a lack of this skill shows you’re not a good fit for the company. If you checked every communication avenue and still haven’t heard from the hiring manager, you can always reach out to check in. What do you want the person you’re trying to contact do, answer or ghost you?