(Read this letter as if I was that hiring manager that isn’t returning your calls and emails)
Did you see the post last week about why I delete your emails?
Now I’ll tell you why you think I don’t ever read or reply to your emails… but first, you think I don’t read or reply because:
- I’m too good for you,
- I’m too busy with more important things,
- I’m a jerk.
That’s what I’ve thought before. I’ve felt brushed off, or “less than” the person I’ve sent the email to.
How could someone be so incosiderate and rude? How hard is it to reply to an email??
Right? I’ve thought that…. I’ve felt that.
And now I think I’m the jerk. Because I have over 2,200 emails in my JibberJobber email (inbox) that I haven’t replied to. And I have about 12,000 emails in my gmail inbox that are just sitting there, waiting for me.
Why don’t I respond to them? Here is some insight that might be helpful:
I am, and I get, overwhelmed!
With everything. With life, calls, other emails, deadlines, projects, etc.
I don’t ignore you because I’m a jerk. Your email just falls through the cracks because I’m not good at time management, and managing the inbox.
It’s as simple as that.
WHAT THAT MEANS IS SOMETHING AMAZING:
Don’t give up on me.
Sometimes, I all I need is a gentle nudge, or another email reminding me of the first one.
Be persistent without being annoying. Remind me, because your email might be sitting on Page 3 of my inbox, and I’m not going to see it since I never get to Page 3.
If you take it personal, and get offended, I’m sorry…. but sometimes all I need is for you to remain top-of-mind… do that with a simple reminder.