Most people are familiar with the term "ghosting," a form of communication that has become prevalent in our digital age. Ghosting can be defined as abruptly cutting off all communication with someone without any warning or explanation.
Ghosting can occur when you disappear during the hiring process, whether it's failing to show up for an interview or completely ignoring a recruiter's attempts to contact you. And while it might seem like no big deal at the time, ghosting can have serious consequences for your career & your job search.
Here are three reasons why you should never ghost your recruiter
You will miss out on other opportunities
As a job seeker, it's important always to be professional. And that means being responsive to recruiters. Even if you're not interested in a specific role that a recruiter contacted you about, it's important to reach out and let them know. If you ghost a recruiter, you will miss out on other opportunities as they might have other job openings that could suit your job search needs.
Recruiters often have long-term relationships with hiring managers
If you burn a bridge with a recruiter, it could come back to bite you down the road. When you ghost a recruiter, you're not just burning a bridge with that one person.
Because hiring managers and recruiters talk to each other. If a candidate has ever ghosted you, you know how frustrating it is. You probably also remember that candidate's name and will think twice before working with them again in the future. The same goes for when a candidate ghosts a recruiter - other hiring managers will hear about it and be less likely to consider you for open positions. And even if they decide to give you a chance, they'll remember that you were unprofessional and might hold it against you.
Ruin your reputation
Recruiters have a lot of influence in the hiring process. If you're unresponsive to a recruiter, your application will likely be passed over. In addition, recruiters keep records of all the candidates they interact with. If you're flagged as a "ghoster", it's most likely that a recruiter or an employer will never consider working with you again.
Being unresponsive or ghosting a recruiter can reflect badly on you as a candidate, making it harder for you to get future jobs. You never know when you'll need the help of a recruiter again. Even if you're not interested in the role they contacted you about today, there's a good chance you'll need their help in the future.
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