READER REPORT:

A job hunter's plea to employers

KATE MCDONALD
Last updated 05:00 13/08/2013

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I am writing this for all the people out there who are thinking about employing people. Do you want the best candidate? Do you want this person to stay in your company for a long time? Do you want the employee to be satisfied at work? If yes, then read my suggestions on how to do this, based on my experience of job hunting over the past six months.

1. Advertise the position only if you actually want to employ someone new. I don't believe it is illegal to not advertise the position if you are hiring internally or you have lined a friend/friend of friend/sibling/friend's offspring to get the job. As long as you are fair in the process of hiring them you don't need to advertise. I have been to interviews and not got the job despite my skills and experience, then found out they hired internally or hired their best friend. You are wasting your own time and money advertising the position and you have wasted all the applicants' time as well.

2. Don't advertise the position then tell the interviewees that you are taking annual leave the next day and won't be back until three weeks' time. What does this say to the interviewee? You are unimportant? We don't value your patience in waiting? Or is it that you have already made up your mind and I'm not going to be the successful applicant?

3. Don't think you can hire someone with appropriate skills and qualifications to do a job that involves in reality being the general lackey for all the other staff. If you want a cleaner or a sad sap to run around after you, hire a cleaner or a personal assistant. Don't hire a manager or an assistant manager to be the person to do all the jobs your other staff refuse to do. I got an interview for a job, only to be told by the employer that I would be having a whole lot of extra jobs "palmed off" (yes they used those words) on me.

To add insult I was asked if I could be a gourmet cook as they wanted someone to cook meals for the owners when they were in town - the job was advertised in the field of sales manager. No I am not a gourmet cook. Needless to say I did not get that job.

4. If you advertise a position, give dates that you will be responding by. Be up front and honest if you have no interest in sending emails to 60 people saying no thanks. Wouldn't you want your employee to act with the same integrity?

So to sum up, treat your future employee as you would want to be treated.

Fifteen job applications, three unsuccessful interviews, still no job. You might think my attitude stinks. Yes, I am feeling disgruntled, but so would you if you had experienced what I have. Wish me luck!


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