When looking for a new job, discretion is important. Discussing your upcoming interview during the morning team meeting is typically frowned upon as well as making remarks like “I’m getting out of this godforsaken dump as soon as possible” within earshot of superiors. Another no-no? Not catching the “PwC [Your office] All” in the CC line of your response to a professional recruiter:
Woke up this morning only to find out that someone decided to look for new opportunities. Only problem is that on his reply he copied the entire office of 1900 people. Perhaps a lesson learned for all those auditors looking for a new job.
We’ve presented this in chronological order, so no need to start from the bottom and we’ve redacted the names to protect the innocent and those not too good with the email. As you can see, things get off to a pretty warm start:
I am very interested! How do we follow up on this?
[Anxious-to-get-the-hell-out PwC Manager]
The recruiter, sensing a live one, is on it:
I am submitting your new resume today. When can we talk [Anxious PwC Manager]?
The PwC Manager, sensing a little-too-eager beaver, starts balking:
I am committed all weekend, and will be unable to discuss until sometime on Monday. I hope that’s okay,
Anxious Recruiter, being the early-bird-gets-the-worm type, plays it cool and suggests that they still get things rolling first thing Monday:
Not a problem [obviously less interested PwC Guy]. Can we set a time to talk on Monday? I get in to the office at 745am. I also have a meeting at 10am. I have 2 positions that are remote to discuss. I have already shared your resume with the client and they are interested.
Sunday afternoon comes with no word from formerly excited PwC Manager and our recruiter starts panicking:
Can we set up a time to talk tomorrow please? It is important!
It’s finally gotten to the point where the PwC Manager has to say, “Look pal, you’re freaking me out. Don’t call me, I’ll call you.”
[Anxious Recruiter who is coming on way too strong at this point],
I am currently traveling and will not reach my destination until after 10:30AM. Let me know what time will work for you after that, and I will try and make myself available.
I know email is tricky but be extra careful with the more sensitive ones, mmmkay?