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Professional courtesy a lost art

Dear Editor:

Optimism turns to hopelessness when job seekers apply for jobs over and over again only to never receive a response. It is as if the cover letter, the resume, the time-consuming application falls into some cyber abyss, floating around cyberspace for all eternity.

Look at the job listings in this newspaper. I apply to four to six jobs a week, every week, and rarely receive a response. The job can’t have been filled because the job is posted again the next week. The job poster didn’t call because I’m not qualified – I have 25-plus years experience in the area applied for.

Could it be the company posting the opening is as poor at taking care of its employees and its business as it is at responding to applicants for much needed work? I agree the economy is bad, but not because employers can’t find good help. This is a plea for employers to re-evaluate standard hiring practices.

You are missing out on a lot of great people, a chance to improve your profits and eroding your customer base (employees are customers, too) by mishandling your openings and perpetuating horrible economic conditions.

Heather Miller

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