Remember Karma When You Job Hunt | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses the importance of being respectful and courteous with people that you meet while job hunting.


I want to talk with you today about karma. Karma in your job switch and conducting yourself in a proper manner. 

The trait of this is an email I received last night from someone. Let me set this up by saying someone contacted me because they knew I was recruiting for position looking for a certain type of background.  They interview with my client 2 or 3 times.  At the last one, he speaks with the overall head of technology and a peer.  The position is a manager’s role.  He comes of the interview higher than a kite and is very excited and enthusiastic. He is really interested.  Then, last night at 10 PM, he sends an email saying, “I am withdrawing.”  No explanation.

Okay. Help me understand this.  It is not like you are not entitled to change your mind about something.  It is not that you cannot be disinterested in a job.  It’s how you carry yourself in doing.  Politely withdrawing from the situation and saying thank you is good up to a point, but we are deserving of an explanation.  After all, the client, myself, have all been putting a lot of effort and care into trying to help you.  To simply withdraw without explanation is discourteous.

Again, there is a “karma thing.”  I know we have all heard the expression, what goes around comes around.  Whether you believe it, as I do, that can happen. Many many years in the future, perhaps lifetimes in the future, or in some of the professional situation doesn’t matter.

You always want to carry yourself in a way that allows another person to say, “I may not like the decision, but I respect the person where they are coming from.

Again, treat recruiters, whether they are corporate or third-party with respect.  Treat them as though they are a member, your family, and, Lord knows, I know that every recruiter is deserving of that. But that doesn’t mean that you have to carry yourself that way.  You can still be professional.  You can deal with people in a kind manner without being rude as this individual was.



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