No laughing matter
Andrew B. 28 posts - United States
I can't help but laugh at the contractors that withdraw their applications a few days after applying, because the employer "wasn't responsive enough".
Allow me to educate those of you in this category.
1) As an employer I'm going to give my job posting some time to "percolate". I realize that not everybody checks into odesk every 5 minutes or even every day. Clearly your application that came in 3 minutes after I posted didn't excite me enough to want to "jump". Perhaps it was your poor English, perhaps it was your lack of the skills I needed, perhaps you didn't follow directions, perhaps I was unimpressed with your cover letter that was clearly generic in nature or otherwise poorly written, or more than likely your rate was higher than I wanted to pay.
1a) Just because I didn't jump on it doesn't mean I won't see the wisdom in hiring you after I've decided the other candidates just didn't measure up to my hopes and expectations. However rest assured that if I can't afford you, I simply can't afford you. There's no point in interviewing a candidate that is so far off in rate that there's little chance of us ever agreeing.
2) I'm busy. That's probably why I made the job posting in the first place. That means finding the time to interview you and all of the other candidates isn't going to happen immediately. I need to juggle various items on my agenda in order to fit you in. Believe it or not I have other priorities to handle. I'm not running a babysitting service, and it's possible you're not the most important thing in my life at the moment. Yes, I need someone to work for me. No, I'm not here at your beck and call. It's interesting that some of you apply for a job and then fail to respond to interview requests - ever. I can only assume you are in huge demand and are overwhelmed with employment offers.
3) Stuff happens. That means sometimes I get hit by a virus and lose valuable time. Or perhaps I have other technical issues with my computer that put me out of business for a period of time, or I have problems with my ISP or problems with odesk, or perhaps even the occasional power outage. Or maybe I'm just sick, or at the doctor or both. Life is a rich tapestry of distractions, some more important than others.
4) Withdrawing your application because I don't move fast enough for you hurts you more than it hurts me. How do you expect to be hired if you withdraw your application? I get the impression that some of you do this to "send a message". Message received - you're an immature baby in desperate need of attention and you will be a management nightmare if I make the mistake of hiring you. Thank you for helping me avoid that mistake.
5) I have other candidates to interview and I don't have all day to do it. Since many of you come from the same region the hours available that are mutually reasonable may be limited. Face it, I'm going to interview the low bidders first, all other things being equal. I may only be able to interview 1 person a day. That means that if you're 6th on my list it will be 6 days before I get to you, at best. Withdrawing prior to that just makes you an annoyance and as already stated above, a management nightmare.
6) Now that I'm aware many of you will withdraw for these reasons, I think it best that I ignore you long enough for you to weed yourselves out by withdrawing. Then I know I'm left with candidates that really do want a job, not a whiny baby that will pester me to death.
7) When I see that your name is Wahid Mohamed Kwaku Watusi, and you put in your cover letter that your name is "Tom Little", it makes me wonder if I can trust you. I'm hesitant to hire people that are deceitful. If for some reason you're using someone else's account (though I really don't know why anyone would do that), then state so. If, as I suspect, you're trying to present a "Western face" then simply say something like... "My name is Wahid, but I also answer to Tom if you'd prefer to call me that." Now at least I know what's going on and don't have to wonder who you really are. Don't give me reasons to distrust you.
8 ) If it's a job requiring you to call people, add a sample of your voice (and phone manner) as an attachment to your cover letter. No, I didn't ask for it in my job posting but that doesn't mean you can't take the initiative. The person who demonstrates to me their ability to be a great employee is the person more likely to get the job. You can make it easy for me to hire you, or you can make it hard. Guess which of the two I prefer.
9) Slightly off the subject but very relevant - I know many of you whine about low rates. You may think you're great and deserve to be paid what you're worth, but maybe you're not worth as much as you think. Pay attention to detail. Show me how smart you are. If I tell you I want to interview you using skype be prepared with a working microphone. Don't make me ask for your skype id, tell it to me. Specify times you're available in MY timezone, don't make me figure out what timezone your tiny little city that I've never heard of is in. If I fail to make it clear what timezone I'm in, you at least know what country so pick a meaningful major city such as NYC or Los Angeles and specify using that timezone. Show me you know how to use your brain.
9a) Some of you do deserve to be paid a higher rate. Sadly I just don't have the money to do so. I wish I did I'd love to hire you. Maybe you can come up with a way that will benefit both of us. Someone who helps my business grow is someone I want to keep working for me and if in time I can afford to pay more then I want to keep you happy too.
10) Many of you write things such as "I'm willing to be trained". That should go without saying. Instead what it really tells me is that you don't know anything and you NEED to be trained. Apparently you want to be trained at my expense. Imagine the joy that gives me to know that I will be the one to spend my time teaching you the skills you need to have to do the job, knowing full well that you'll take another job that pays 25 cents more as soon as I've trained you. And you'll quit without a word, the only way I'll learn about it is I realize the work isn't getting done and you're not responding to my emails or skype requests.
These are the top issues that come to mind. There may be others. I hope you learn and grow from this post as my purpose is to educate you so that hopefully we all benefit.
Score: 2.5, Votes: 12