EditorialsBy Matt Bud, Chairman, The FENG

As accounting professionals we always remember to ask: “What is the deadline?”

The problem is that when it comes to job search, a deadline is often not indicated. I am sensitive to this little quirk that is apparently hard wired in the minds of my many friends, and for this reason, job leads posted by The FECG always include a deadline.

How long do you generally have to respond to a posting? I would say the window for most jobs is between 15 minutes to 48 hours. A lot depends on where it has been posted and the nature of the response address. If it is a temporary mailbox on Hotmail or Yahoo, I would lean toward 15 minutes. No, I am not trying to be sarcastic. I only wish I were.

You have no idea how many job applicants there are going to be, and in keeping with the “How many men or women does it take to screw in a light bulb,” many recruiters stop opening their mail after they have “enough” candidates.

For those of you who wait for the weekend to read the newsletter when you are actively looking for another job, I have to ask: Are you serious? Job leads have a VERY short shelf life.

Have they hired anyone yet? Clearly no. Have they selected a candidate slate yet? Friends, they probably haven’t even been able to print off and collate the resumes from the first 400 applicants yet. Are they still accepting applications? Well, your resume won’t be returned “mailbox full,” but I wouldn’t count on them actually doing anything more than opening your message and deleting it if you wait to respond.

It is an observable fact “early responders” are generally the best fit for most of the assignments on which I have worked since I started doing this back in 1999. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has come to this conclusion.

So, if you think that those you are sending your credentials to feel any kind of moral obligation to actually do something with your message, think again. As they say, “You snooze, you lose.”

The job postings in our newsletter are the result of a tremendous amount of relationship building on the part of all members of The FENG. I would encourage you to “be among the first in your neighborhood” to write back to those search professionals who are kind enough to let us know about their golden opportunities.

It is all part of our “killing them with kindness” program to which I hope you will all subscribe.

Regards, Matt

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