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You made it through three rounds of interviews and accepted an offer for a great position. Your start date rolls around, and the people in your department are excited to meet you. They’ve laid out your desk with things to make your first few days a little easier. An hour after you were supposed to show up, your new manager shoots your recruiter a message letting them know you haven’t shown up, wondering if everything is alright. Your recruiter emails you, but you don’t respond. They text; they call; same response – nothing. You have gone ghost.
Ghosting has become a rising trend for employees and new hires. The Washington Post, Inc., Business Insider and many others have all recently published articles on the trend. It might not seem like a big deal, but ghosting can hurt your career.
Imagine, years later, you’re in the market for a new job again. A great opportunity comes up and you’re almost a perfect match. You apply and your application gets traction. Unfortunately for you, someone in the hiring team remembers you from that time you ghosted and your chances of getting this particular job are gone.
Clearly, there’s a why behind every decision to go ghost, but it might not always be the best idea. Let’s take a look at a ghosting in a few different scenarios.
After working at a company for a period of time, you decide it’s time for a change. What would cause you to leave without saying anything? Maybe you’re in a stressful situation and you feel like you can’t just say anything. Instead of ghosting, send your resignation to your manager. Giving a two-week notice is the best thing to do because it helps ensure a smooth transition for the rest of your team members. But if you feel like you can’t stay, communicating your coming departure lets your team start figuring out how to get things done in your absence – instead of spending time trying to figure out if you’re coming back.
While you’re being considered a candidate for a role, you decide you don’t want to move along the process. Instead of going ghost, shoot a quick note to your recruiter thanking them for their time, but that you’ve decided you’re no longer interested in the role. This frees up the recruiter’s time to look for another suitable candidate while you explore other options.
You’re in the thick of a job search and you get an offer. You’re excited. Then another offer comes through, and you also accept. Unsure of what to do, eventually you choose one job over the other – but neglect to tell the other company that you won’t be joining them. While you may feel bad about having to turn down an offer that you already accepted, you’ll likely feel worse when you’re on the receiving end of emails and calls trying to reach you. A short email or call brings closure to both sides.
When it comes down to it, choosing to communicate instead of ghosting is about professionalism and respect – for others and yourself. It’s always the best thing to do.
February 26, 2019