Someday, we hope, employers are going to be back where they were in the ’90s: desperate for people to hire. And when that day comes, there’s going to be a reckoning with the people many treated so poorly during the century so far.
It’s a buyer’s market, of course, but why should simple courtesies be ignored?
Writing on his blog “Ask the Headhunter” today, Nick Corcodilos suggests a letter like this:
My time for our first interview was free, as it was an exploratory meeting. You requested more time for the second round of meetings, which I provided at no cost, contingent on your company fulfilling its commitment to respond with a decision by the date you chose, April 1. You ignored my calls, emails, and your own deadline, without the courtesy of a notice.
I am thus billing you for the eight hours of my professional time spent in the second round of meetings with your team. As a professional, I would never dream of being irresponsible with the time of my clients, my vendors, or my employer. Time is money. I live by the deadlines I commit to, and I expect others to do the same. Anything less would be irresponsible to our industry and to our profession. None of us could operate with integrity if we ignored our commitments. This is not a joke. I expect payment within 10 days.
Please let the day of reckoning come soon.