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Only Short Listed Applicants Will Be Notified

Updated on June 18, 2011

Only Shortlisted Applicants will be contacted

The vacancy advertisement says "Only Shortlisted Applicants will be contacted."



The chances are close to 100% that the letter and CV that you laboured and sweated over for a week or more were submitted by email. They have your email address!

Technology is such that today that slipping your email address into a database could be automated or input would take only seconds. A couple of hours at the most to input the single line email addresses of a thousand applicants.

It would be effortless and almost cost free to send out a letter to the 'other' candidates saying "sorry you were not shortlisted at this time."


Not only would it be effortless it would be polite to do so.

Yes....Polite! Good manners, Civility.

Firms, regardless of their size or how important they may believe themselves to be need to take a good hard look at themselves.

Just how would they feel?

It is rude, it is impolite, it is bad business practice to operate such outdated methods when a literal 'flick of the switch' could make a whole lot of people feel just a little bit better about themselves. Okay they did not get the job... But they were acknowledged!

To be honest I don\t know what is worse. Those who say they will only acknowledge shortlisted applicants or those who just do nothing at all.

Send them a link to this page

Next time you are 'left out in the cold' send them a link to this page. If we all do it our existence and rights as human beings might eventually be recognised.

Good Manners = Good Business


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  • Peter Dickinson profile imageAUTHOR

    Peter Dickinson 

    7 years ago from South East Asia

    Yes Una. It esexactly how I feel. Human Resources...who deal with applications should be a bit more 'human' and think about the people behind the applications.

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    Una Richardson 

    7 years ago

    Hi Peter, I totally agree with you. Here at the Highland Wildlife Park, we do our utmost to ensure that EVERY applicant receives a reply. People do spend a great deal of time on their c.v.'s and cover letters, and it is the least they should expect. Also if someone is really serious about a job application, perhaps to the exclusion of other applications, I am sure there is nothing more frustrating than not finding out if your application has been successful or not. Even if it is a 'no' it can free up your mind to work on your strategy for your next application.

  • Peter Dickinson profile imageAUTHOR

    Peter Dickinson 

    8 years ago from South East Asia

    JustColl - Thank you. I note that companies continue to use their little getaway clause at the bottom of advertisements. They obviously have not read this. Yet.

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    8 years ago from Durban, South Africa

    Peter, Miss Manners would be proud of. Good manners. Amen to that!


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