Career Calling

August 28, 2013

Taking a Job without Meeting Your Boss

I’ve been a Resume Writer for more than 10 years.  In that time, I’ve met very few clients who were offered and accepted a job without meeting their immediate supervisor.  However, in those rare cases when an applicant is hired in this manner, employment tends to be short term and ugly.

Most supervisors resent it when their boss makes a hiring decision without their input.  They see the new employee as an outsider, maybe even a threat.  In a recent case, one of my clients was written up two weeks after starting her job.  She asked her supervisor for help, but received no support.  A few weeks later, she tried to call her boss about a problem that needed immediate attention.  The call was never returned.  When she asked her boss about the situation, the answer was curt:  “You should have known what to do.”

Needless to say, my client did not last beyond a 90 day probation period.  What could she have done differently?  Ask to meet her supervisor before accepting the job.  As I said above, this situation is rare.  But you should be ready if you encounter it.  Always know who your supervisor will be.  If that person is not part of the interviewing process, ask to have an interview with the supervisor before accepting an offer.  If that request is denied, take it as a big red flag about the employer and how it operates.  Be very careful about choosing to work for this type of company.

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