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Application for job

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evianers Wed 19-Feb-20 12:06:03

AIBU to expect a response to a position advertised [very part-time] in the local newspaper. Have written twice but so far no answer. Has courtesy gone by the board? Can they [school actually] not simply reply saying thanks but no thanks or similar?

GagaJo Wed 19-Feb-20 12:10:02

Oh foolish girl. Most employers will not reply in the negative UNLESS you have already interviewed. And sometimes not even then.

mrswoo Wed 19-Feb-20 12:20:35

No you are NBU to expect some form of acknowledgement but unfortunately you probably won’t get one. It’s so disheartening but it would seem that nowadays you generally only hear back if you are called for interview. Also, the chances are, in many cases, the post has been filled internally and the organisation is merely fulfilling equal ops criteria by advertising externally.
Sorry if that all sounds cynical and I hope I am proved wrong.

eazybee Wed 19-Feb-20 12:53:44

You do not hear unless you are called for interview; there are frequently dozens of applications.
You could telephone the school and ask.

evianers Wed 19-Feb-20 12:59:03

OP here = thought this might well be the case but having lived outside the UK for 44 years things have drastically changed and the old-fashioned courtesy which applied when we left is sadly no longer apparent.

Marydoll Wed 19-Feb-20 13:11:26

Sometimes the volume of applications makes it very difficult to reply to everyone.

I remember we once had 300+ applications for one teacher vacancy in my school. It was at a time where there were few vacancies available and many newly qualified teachers couldn't find a job. It took ages to read them all, let alone respond.

evianers, there is nothing to stop you phoning the school with your enquiry.

Maggiemaybe Wed 19-Feb-20 13:15:56

Part-time jobs in schools are always in great demand and unfortunately schools just haven't the resources to reply to dozens, sometimes hundreds, of applicants. They usually state on the advert that if you're short-listed, you'll hear by a certain date. If this school hasn't done this, they've made a rod for their own back.

evianers Wed 19-Feb-20 13:31:17

Actually, this is not a teaching post, but that of an invigilator

Maggiemaybe Wed 19-Feb-20 13:56:28

I was referring to both teaching and support staff post, evianers.

M0nica Wed 19-Feb-20 18:00:11

I have not applied for a job recently, but even 30 years ago plus, you only heard if you were shortlisted and the bigger the company the more likely this would happen.

varian Wed 19-Feb-20 18:06:07

My SIL is about to take up the offer of a job he first applied for almost two years ago. There were many months where he didn't hear anything, then he would be contacted and asked to sit a test. (he works in a very specialist area of IT) and so it went on. Amazingly, although he must have been competing with a large number of younger and better qualified applicants he has been offered this job and has accepted it.

It is a prestigious position in another EU country, which was why he originally applied. He and my D and GDs are about to join the brexit brain drain.

eazybee Wed 19-Feb-20 18:57:14

No, he is going because it is a job he wants, applied for before we left the EU, and waited two years to achieve.
But you have to drag everything back to Brexit.

varian Wed 19-Feb-20 19:12:41

He applied for this job because the leave side won in the fraudulent referendum of 2016.

At that point they decided that they wanted to remain in the EU.

Because he has a high level of transferable skills he was offered good jobs in two other EU countries before he decided to accept this one.

They are by no means unique. Highly skilled young and middle aged British graduates are leaving this country in their droves.

eazybee Wed 19-Feb-20 20:06:01

He applied for this job because the leave side won in the fraudulent referendum of 2016.
That is your opinion, Varian. Stop expressing it as a fact.

varian Wed 19-Feb-20 20:53:02

It is a fact. Why have we not seen the report on Russian interference in the fraudulent referendum?

MawB Wed 19-Feb-20 21:03:58

Oh can’t we keep Brexit out of any thread?
Sadly evianers, manners have generally flown out of the window in the jobs market, and invigilators are regarded pretty much as casual labour and treated accordingly.
You are right to be disappointed, but don’t be surprised.
You could ring them and it may be worthwhile. Good luck.

Grandad1943 Thu 20-Feb-20 20:33:09

Just slightly off-topic, but it can be to the advantage of someone looking for employment to actually just walk into a company and ask if they need any employees.

The above often can impress a prospective employer with the fact that the person in reception has actually "got on their bike" and come looking for work in their buisness.

It can also "pay off" for those seeking work if a company has employees off sick or on holiday etc and requires someone temporarily but urgently, and temporary work can often turn into regular employment.

Whenever anyone has come to our reception in the above manner we always tell them that if they are prepared to wait, as soon as someone qualified becomes available they will see and interview them. Even if we do not require anyone at that time we always ensure that such persons are the first to be contacted when any work comes up.

Of course, the more wide-ranging work the person is prepared to carry out and train for, the more likely he/she will be offered something quickly.

However, it is very usual that those that just walk into a company in the above manner are prepared to carry out anything offered to start, and they usually prove to be the best employees and are therefore trained on to their highest abilities.

Dinahmo Thu 20-Feb-20 23:22:13

Back in the 80s I worked in a specialist tax department of one of the top 3 firms. We advertised for graduate trainees and received hundreds of applications. The first task was to eliminate all those who wrote "Dear Sir, ....yours sincerely" or "Dear Mr XYZ, .....your faithfully". You have to whittle down the numbers so that was as good a reason as any.