You may have heard the phrase “candidate is king” being tossed around in the employment market in Nebraska. Simple economics teaches us that when supply is low and demand is high the price of goods will increase. In the employment world our “goods” are people and their skill sets. Not only are the employee’s rates increasing, but so are their expectations from their potential employer. With these expectations we have observed trends of candidates disappearing…literally. I’ve had more than one client describe situations where they hired someone and the candidate did not appear for their first day of work. I can only imagine they accepted a position elsewhere and failed to inform the first employer.
Now, back to economics. When demand is low and supply is high we call this an “employer’s market.” When this is the case you may find yourself fall victim to a recession looking for employment. Basic economics also teaches us that our economy is cyclical. This means that although we are at 2.6 percent unemployment now, eventually this will change. Do you see where I am headed next?
When looking for employment, even in a low unemployment period, proper job search etiquette should still be adhered to, especially if you plan to negotiate. Not sure what proper etiquette is? I have compiled a “quick list” for you to reference.
1. Arrive 10 minutes prior to your interview (no sooner, and definitely not later than scheduled)
2. Wear a suit or “work appropriate” dress to your interview, not your club attire
3. At the conclusion of the interview ask for their business card
4. Mail a thank you letter, as handwritten notes are a dying art form and will help you stand out
5. Do not chew gum during the interview
6. Leave your phone in the car
7. If you are offered a position, and change your mind, contact the company immediately
The client has invested their time interviewing you, calling references, and setting you up as their employee within their system. This process can take anywhere from one to two days. Once hiring you, they have likely stopped their recruiting efforts. If you do not appear on the first day of work, that means they have lost valuable time filling a need. If that is not reason enough, keep in mind that Omaha is a big city with small town connections. You may be thinking “who cares about five years from now?” Squash that thought now.
Often times hiring authorities will move companies during their own career. Why should you care? That means the hiring manager you stood up at Company A will be at Company B when you are back in the job market. The last thing you want to be remembered for is being the employee who pulled a disappearing act, especially while looking for work during an “employer’s market.”
Sarah Kaczmarek joined Celebrity Staff as an Account Manager in January 2013. Previously, she worked in the banking industry for 17 years and was with her last employer for 10 years where she worked her way up from a service representative to branch manager. When looking for a new career, she knew she wanted to focus on account management and recruiting. Sarah graduated from Bellevue University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in management. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys time with her family, camping, trying new recipes, and running both concrete and trails.