Be Frank

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Be Frank blog article AccuStaff

Today’s entry level employment market is harder than ever. I can’t provide you with statistics or anything fancy, but I can tell you that we speak and work with employers in multiple industries who are struggling with the same issue - onboarding new employees for entry level roles.  Is it in the water?   I can’t say, but we’re all working hard to find the most reliable candidates to invest in.

By invest, I mean:

·         Spending time screening and interviewing,

·         Prepping them for 2nd interviews,

·         Providing directions and tips on where they’re heading,

·         Onboarding,

·         Handling pre-screening requirements like drug and background screens,

·         Orienting them to our client expectations (as well as our own),

·         Getting them there the first day for training. 

There is a lot of time invested into each candidate that we place in front of a hiring manager.

Here’s the dose of reality. A lot of those candidates drop off before they start because they took a job elsewhere. Most are applying for and interviewing for multiple jobs – the way it should be. It’s no different than if you or I were seeking something. You just wouldn’t put all your eggs in one basket. It’s become a rarity though, for candidates to reveal that they are being courted by more than one great employer. As an employer it’s frustrating, even more so when that candidate resurfaces a few days or months later.

So Mrs. Job Seeker, are you in that group? Don’t think this applies to you? Some things to consider:

·         What if the other options don’t work out? I.e. you thought you were getting an offer, but didn’t, but you already bagged on your prior commitment to Employer A.

·         What if there’s a change in your schedule/geography needs and you can’t stay there?

·         What if you simply don’t like the work at Employer B, or Employer B isn’t a fit for you?

·         What if something happens at Employer B where they don’t need you anymore through no fault of yours or theirs?

What will you do?  Go back to Employer A and make something up?  Ask for another chance? Beg for forgiveness?  Here’s reality. If you bailed on Employer A when things looked pretty good, and you didn’t communicate your position/timing as it was happening, 99 of 100 will tell you, “thanks but no thanks.”  If you turned it down on good terms, i.e. “this other position is a stronger fit for my commute and family commitments at this time” or something close to that, you’ll have a much better chance of being on good terms with them. This isn’t to say that they’re going to hire you now, but if you, the job seeker, are clear about things and keep the communication open, you’ll stand a much better chance of remaining marketable to that company. The same would apply if you pulled the same shenanigans with a staffing agency. They’re not going to have a lot of confidence that it won’t happen again if they decide to present you to another client. Is it worth the risk?


Think about it. What’s a little open communication worth to you vs. not being able to build a bridge to the next stage of your career?  Handling yourself by being frank early in the recruitment process demonstrates your professionalism. If you have a niche set of skills, it may even expedite their level of interest in onboarding you.  Any way you spin it, you’ll sleep better at night and you’ll garner respect.