Today I came across a picture online of a letter that a candidate had sent to Recruiting or Human Resources, or pretty much anyone who might be of assistance in getting a particular job. Take a second to read it, and then formulate your opinion of this candidate and company in rapid time.
My initial reaction was, “Wow! This person really wants this job!” I also assumed that this person was likely a European male, although I have nothing to validate that (except that I’m a dude and it sounds like something a dude would do). But then I began to think of this at a deeper level and discovered that there is more here than one might initially notice.
1) A hand written note. How often do we see hand written notes in recruiting anymore? How often do we ever see a hand written anything anymore? I hear “experts” say often that a hand written note is more personal and shows that the person writing it places a high value on the receiver and the message. I can’t help but believe that this person felt this position was of great importance due to the numerous steps taken to eliminate a “No.” response.
2) The company was highly sought after. This obviously wasn’t the candidate’s first attempt to gain employment with this company. The writer used the words “Each time I apply for a job…” clearly letting us know that he/she has applied on more than one occasion, likely numerous times. This leads me to make another assumption. I assume that there is a form letter that goes out to everyone rejecting them with the same message over and over again. If they have a standard Applicant Tracking System, then I’m confident that a human never laid eyes on his C.V. and was systematically rejected without much effort.
The way candidates are treated do have an impact on the overall branding of a company, and often impacts the brand financially. Companies should seriously consider how their recruitment efforts, particularly when they reject a candidate, is handled and how it can be done in the most courteous of ways. You’ll notice that this candidate had a tad of bitterness towards the company when stating, “I have caught you red-handed and you have no excuse…” It appears the candidate didn’t believe the “no vacancy”reason being given to him/her in the past and felt it necessary to prove the point.
3) Thorough and Anticipatory. Regardless of if you see this candidate in a positive or negative light, you must admit that they were thorough in their efforts. He/She followed the happenings of the company closely so they knew that the Technical Manager had passed away. At the breaking of this news, the candidate saw an opportunity and began to map out a path that would hopefully end with the opportunity to gain employment. He/She anticipated what possible responses might come their way and tried to head them off and shut them down before the company could even try to use the form letter again. Think of it – he/she went to the blasted funeral to verify that the person actually died and was buried. This leads me to another assumption – I bet there are pictures somewhere on some mobile device just waiting to be delivered to someone’s email. They even went so far as to get a copy of the Death Certificate. Wow!
The actions of this candidate might seem desperate to some. To others, they applaud the initiative. Still to others, they think he/she is straight up crazy! What do I think? I think this person would fit in nicely at a staffing firm in a business development role!