Job Ghosting

Job Ghosting

Job ghosting is when you don’t hear back after an interview or when the company to whom you’ve sent a resume and cover letter hasn’t responded. Either way, it’s as if all of your efforts have tumbled into the black hole mentioned in Monday’s post—Following-Up After an Interview.

There are a couple of methods you can use to combat job ghosting. None of them is guaranteed to motivate inconsiderate nincompoop’s to respond, but at least you will have done your best to follow up.

The first method is a mental one: don’t blame yourself. There are often reasons you don’t hear back other than your performance or qualifications. Sometimes a job doesn’t exist at all. Sure it’s posted. But maybe a department head posted it because it’s part of his budget and he doesn’t want to lose it. At other times, the company goes through the motions of interviewing outsiders to satisfy policy when it intends all along to hire from within. Go figure.

The second method is a physical one: Write  a letter or email after a couple of weeks have passed to inquire about the status of your application. In this way, you’re keeping your name in front of a prospective employer without bugging her. If your communication gets no response, you can either keep in touch for awhile by spreading out several more  communications or drop the contact. But don’t ask for the job. You don’t want to come across as desperate.

When you believe there might be a glimmer of hope there, contact them a few more times to let them know about a recent promotion, an award you received, achievements at work that apply to the job you’re after, or that you’ve taken another position.

If there’s still no response,  drop the contact. You’ve done your best. End your follow-up campaign with a final letter or e-mail. You can write that you were impressed with the company and the employees you met and would be honored to someday become a part of their team.

“How to turn interviews into job offers” is the title of one of the chapters in my book, Your One-Minute Job Finding Coach. You can make money sooner by landing a job quicker as you read he book’s one-minute coaching vignettes on all aspects of your job search.

Copyright ©2015 by Ransom (Randy) Place

About the Author

RANDY PLACE IS A JOB-FINDING and executive coach, writer on career topics, broadcaster, and host of For twenty-three years, he helped thousands of employees who had been let go from JPMorgan Chase find jobs. And he coached executives at CBS Television, Pitney Bowes, and major outplacement firms in New York on job-finding techniques, communications skills, and selling strategies. An accomplished seminar leader and speaker, Randy has designed and presented workshops on interviewing, telephoning techniques, job-search writing, and sales training nationwide. Randy's groundbreaking nationally syndicated radio series, Your Career Service, has been heard on over two hundred radio stations across the United States. And his articles on career topics have appeared in the Wall Street Journal's National Business Employment Weekly. A former broadcast journalist in New York, he has also been a commercial spokesperson for an array of national and regional advertisers. In addition, Randy was a sales executive at NBC Radio and the New York City sales manager for syndication at Wolper Productions. He holds a Bachelor's in Sociology and Broadcasting from Syracuse University, and a Master's in Journalism from New York University.