So, I’ve been writing this blog for a while now—over a year—and from time to time, friends have suggested writing about the workplace, the unemployment line, job searching, etc. I’ve thought about it from time to time, but in the end, the inspiration was never there.
This past week, something happened to get me over the activation barrier: I received an official notification that a job I had applied for was given to someone else. No hard feelings, they can only hire one person. Thing is, looking back through my files, I cannot find any sign of having applied for this job, which is understandable. If memory serves, I applied for this job in January 2011.
What employer takes twenty-one months to fill a middle manager position? Some small, highly disorganized, God bless the Meek they shall inherit the Earth, funding strapped nonprofit, trying to make budget by leaving a job hang open? Nope. The most over-resourced organization on the Planet: the United States Federal Government.
I’m really not sure what to say, aside from, it is hard to believe there was a need for this hire back in early 2011 when they started the process. If there was a need, how could it have waited so long?
The reality is—and trust me, I do appreciate that at many organizations, hiring is left in the hands of long time, trusted, loyal (brave, reverent?) employees who have not done a job search in years, or decades—that applying for jobs takes time. It really is not nice to waste the time of potential applicants by posting announcements when the organization isn’t ready to hire. Staff assigned to hiring committees need to be people who can make a decision, communicate what the position is, and be realistic about what it out there.
God Bless Us, Children, They Know Not What They Do.