Apparently a few GenY’ers are…
Last evening, I was fortunate to participate in Rich DeMatteo‘s CornOnTheJob #jobhuntchat. Nice group of young, misguided jobseekers who believe that the rules of job hunting as ordained by their career services departments are written in stone.
Q3 as written by the Chief Corn Jobber was “How do I stand out at a job fair (college or experienced) when hundreds of other seekers R there too?”
My response was:
By being better than your competitors
To which someone wrote:
“By being better than your competitors” unlikely you’ll be in a group of people significantly less qualified
To which I responded with (okay, perhaps with one or two hairs standing on end):
with 15+ yrs of entry level recruiting I can assert that while those looking may not see differences, we do
differences can range from posture 2 language 2 eye contact 2 smiling 2 body odor, etc; many ways to stand out
To which my dueling Twitter partner (just for those few sweet moments) offered:
but it is good to hear from the other side that the differences are noticeable!
So I called this person this morning. Didn’t receive a call back but I did receive 2 DMs after which I believe I was deemed worthy of being blocked:
(1) Hi Steve. Received your VM. Wanted to let you know, I felt phone contact was inappropriate since we had yet to connect on twitter (cont)
(2) I wanted to share my discomfort with you so that in the future you might consider it when connecting w/new people. Thanks.
Whoa!!! So you have to be connected before you take a phone call? I suppose I could call this one person an outlier but I’m more concerned that a new social media etiquette has emerged that bypasses human contact until a threshold of tweets is surpassed.
Naturally I was compelled to call Ryan Leary, that social media guru in residence in Philly, and ask him what he thought.
He laughed in a way that could only mean, “Foolish young jobseeker.” I felt better and will continue to call when followed and invited.
Yet I wonder – stalking references aside – why someone would turn down a call from a recruiter, preferring to build a Twitter relationship first. Thoughts?