This has happened multiple times in the last 24 hours, so I’d like to give everyone a friendly reminder.
Recruiters have lives.
If there are odd moments where we may not reply to you for an entire day, here are a few possible explanations as to why.
- Holidays (Labor Day, Christmas, etc).
- Visiting family/spending the day with them after not seeing them for weeks on end.
- Emergencies or situations requiring immediate attention.
- Going somewhere with no Internet.
- Having an unusually full day with a robust schedule.
- And so forth.
With regards to the earlier points, we like to unplug from IFC altogether for a while as it allows us time to cherish our moments with those we love and treasure. Additionally, habits will vary from recruiter to recruiter - I’ll sit down twice a day or so and reply to all of my messages in one go rather than intermittent requests. Others are different.
Either way, patience is a virtue. If it’s been over, say, 3-4 days, then feel free to bump your message - we won’t hold it against you. The main point to all of this is respect to us and our time. By bumping or checking in constantly, you send signals that can be interpreted very differently depending on who you’re doing it to. Some may feel inadequate for not being able to reply on the minute, others may get annoyed or irritated, some can feel burdened by having to recycle through the same people, and/or perhaps others don’t feel appreciated at all. Those not good feelings to have regardless of station or circumstance; perception is key to your interactions with not only us but others as well.
Be a decent human. Remember that this entire network is composed of volunteers who have a lot of dedication and love for what they do. This extends to other organizations under the IF umbrella such as the IFATC Training Team, the IFVARB, and so on.
Time is precious. It doesn’t mean you won’t get what you want. It means you need to learn how to work with it and coast along for the ride. That’s all.
(Though to the tune of 60K a year, I will happily reply to your messages at 3 in the morning :P)