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Job hunting? How not to be a Cadbury’s Crème Egg

Zelda Zinger says it’s been a long, dank recession buried in this bomb shelter of an economy. But now that chinks of light are appearing as the debris blocking us in overhead is being removed, we are able to breathe whiffs of fresh air and get a better look at our situation...

This means a lot of us are now in a position to chuck our stinking jobs in and get a better one.  

A recent Ipsos survey commissioned by employee reward consultancy Edenred found that just about half of employees in the UK are looking to move jobs, the highest number in Europe.

Just over one in ten (12%) are actively hounding head-hunters and sending out CVs, while 36% said they were considering each opportunity that came up.

Bad news for all those employers who have used dark times as an excuse to treat people like so much clutter.

But it is not quite yet an employees’ market. Just ask the union members at the Grangemouth oil and chemicals refineries who had to accept terms they had previously rejected in order to keep the factory going.

A 43 per cent spike in company insolvencies in the most recent quarter seemed a stark reminder that jobs aren’t secure as houses. Sure, a higher company death toll may be a sign that stronger companies are soaking up the slack left by weaker ones. But employers are still able to be picky.

So it could be the case that willing jumpers aren’t getting their new dream job straight away.

Management Today recently dug up a treasure trove of letters rejecting prospective employees. It followed a missive sent in reply to an aspiring but perhaps not quite reputable applicant to chocolate maker Cadbury’s that went “viral” on social media.

It turns out the petitioner, Mr Jones, had attached a £5 note to the reference section of his CV, adding that one of his referees was “Elizabeth *wink, wink*”.

It was Cadbury’s cheeky reply which, factual or not, seemed to catch the attention of Twitter enthusiasts.

In it, the letter, signed by Alan Castle said:

“We regret to inform you that your application for the position of Global Quality Manager has been unsuccessful.”

It included some helpful “notes” with regard to his application, including:

“Listing ‘super-secret spy work I legally can’t talk about’ as your previous experience won’t fool anyone. In future you might want to refrain from using sentences like ‘C’mon, let me be part of this awesome gig you’ve got going on’.”

He added: “eBay feedback isn’t a relevant reference.”

The company also returned his fiver. Rejection is never easy… 

Uzair Bawany, managing partner of Fairway Search Partners, advises those who have been interviewed that if you performed to your best ability, got the chance to show off your expertise and competencies in the most engaging manner possible and were still rejected, it probably means you would have hated working there anyway.

It isn’t the end of the world. And the poor quality of the candidate at Cadbury’s should give succour to those more qualified applicants still looking for a brighter place to work.