How often have we seen it? The minute you get a new job, tons of offers come flowing in — often from companies that wouldn’t even so much as return a phone call or email regarding a position you applied for and inquired about — but you could never land a single interview when you were unemployed. There’s always a corollary for everything that we experience in life (if you look ardently enough, that is). Sometimes, the parallel is too easy — and hilarious — that you don’t even have to think for more than a few seconds before one pops into your head. Then you simply have to run with it while it’s fresh in your mind.
Think about how companies operate in the manner that I described above. Then think about how (if you are a man, although women do face this also, just not nearly as much as men) when you were completely detached and not dating anyone, you couldn’t get a sniff from the ugliest, fattest, smelliest woman alive. Companies won’t even respond to an inquiry about a job, or give you the courtesy rejection email/letter. It’s just like chicks who won’t speak to a dude, but once he lands a woman and enter into a relationship, those same chicks are ready to try and take him from the woman who actually tried to get to know him. To those types, there is little risk (in their minds, although the potential backlash and serious injury that could arise somehow doesn’t factor into their thinking) to this practice. “Someone else sees value in them, so there must be something good to them, let me do what I can to steal them away…”
Companies LOVE poaching workers from other companies, because they don’t want to do the legwork themselves. Along with paying the new hire’s wages, there are costs related to insurance, matching 401(k) and the soft costs related to training and development. It ends up being a situation where you effectively pay the salary, and the same amount once again in the form of the aforementioned soft costs. But GOD FORBID you are out of work, those same companies want NOTHING to do with you. Same with some women. Or, if you are a woman and somehow take offense to this practice (even if it is not accurate about YOU, it is no less true, because most men can attest to it), you can flip it around to suit you. Just don’t lose sight of the veracity of the funny, yet true parallel at hand here.
Just a passing thought and observation that was brought about by a friend’s current situation.