Former Employee Advice

9 Nov

**Video courtesy of YouTuber gggjoob**

A key rule of thumb for any job seeker these days should be reaching out to former employees before an interview in order to have an idea of what to expect.

How can you find a former employee? See if Company X is listed on LinkedIn. Use the Advanced Search option and type in the position title Company X has posted. Once you find the person(s), check and see if they are on Facebook. If their profile setting is hidden, reach out to them on LinkedIn. If it’s not and their profile looks like the same person on LinkedIn, shoot them an e-mail via Facebook.

Facebook is a better option because the former employees may not check their LinkedIn as often, especially if they are employed. I feel that most employed people don’t check LinkedIn as often as they would other social media sites.

Disclaimer:  This is MY opinion as an unemployed job seeker, so take my advice with a grain of salt.

It’s been two weeks since I had my last interview and as of today, I have not heard a peep from DTLA creative agency. It’s all good because post interview I contacted a former employee  to get his opinion on the pros and cons of his former employer. The honesty was appreciated tremendously!

Going forward with my job search, I’m going to make it a habit to reach out to employees that previously worked in roles I’m interested in.

Some formers may be disgruntled, some may be afraid to tell the truth. If you are a former employee of a company and you have a random prospective candidate wanting your advice and opinion, be honest with them.  Be honest.

Before Mr. X dished on his former employer, he debated about how honest he should be with me. He even texted another former co-worker who responded – “You need to tell the truth!”.  He was aware that I’m in need of employment and he didn’t want to deter me from getting a paycheck. At this point it doesn’t matter, because Company X hasn’t responded to my e-mails regarding the next steps. Silence usually means that there isn’t a next step. It’s just like dating – don’t respond and they’ll eventually go away.

He also stated that based on my background, he thought his former employer would be a step down for me and apparently they are replacing someone that only lasted 3 weeks.  In Rude Hiring Managers, I mention the red flags that were popping out at me during the interview.

Other bits of information that stuck in my brain during our conversation was that he had to really sell himself to get his foot in the door at another agency due to rumors that float around about his former employee. As for how they interview candidates, he commented that if they asked the right type of interview questions, they would be able to find a candidate to fill the position.

He went down a list of things and the cons far outweighed the pros. During our talk, the weight of anxiety was lifted off my shoulders and mind went into a complete state of peacefulness. You got your answer, I told myself. I simply let it go and instantly knew that I was not going to send one more status update e-mail.

So to those that are still employed, if someone searching for a job reaches out to get your advice, be honest. Exercise some good karma. You might save a job seeker from a bad situation.

Happy job hunting!

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