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  • I am an employer, and if I received a letter like the one Scott sent with "Hey, I haven't heard from you. What's up with that?" and "It blows my mind I can spend an hour a day writing coverletters (snip)" then I would definitely react along the same lines. Who the hell does this guy think he is, demanding things? An hour a day of his time is so damn precious? I try to reply to every candidate or resume I receive (even when I haven't posted a job offer), I think it's just being polite--but politeness and res
    • Who the hell do you think you are? :)

      An hour a day is a lot of time. If I had another hour in the day, I'd be happy.

      I think you, and the original employer, miss the point because you are taking things to literally and automatically going into "pissing contest" mode. Like I said in my post, I see that as a symptom of the power relationship. In short, get over yourself. :)

      Scott's query was tongue-in-cheek, and could have been worded a bit better, but why not send it anyway? What's the worst that can happen
      • But, as I said, this is the sort of thing employers want their employees to do: follow-up on projects and bug people to get things done. They just don't want to be the person to be bugged.

        Tosh :-)

        If I got a message like that the CV would immediately hit the bin. Not because I don't like being nagged (because I do :-). Not because I have huge control issues and hate people who show any kind of free will (I love it - it's a prequisite for the agile development methods I find most effective.)

        It would hit the bin because if that's the tone of a message he'd send to (I assume) a stranger he's trying to get a job off. Somebody he's presumably trying to demonstrate competence too, god knows what kind of message he's going to send to clients!

        What if the employer didn't get the e-mail? What if they hadn't got around to reading yet? What they had been sick for the last two weeks? Is it really an appropriate response?

        Sure I want the people I work with to be proactive and chase people. But I want them to have the brains to do it in a polite and civil manner.

        I'm sure Scott's a lovely chap. But if the only thing I've got is an e-mail like that then he'd never get an interview because he sounds like an arrogant SOB.

        If this was a rant against employers who don't respond to CVs then I'd be all for it. Hell yeah - it's rude. But the idea that they didn't like him because they wanted a submissive and docile employees is just laughable.