Similarly, if you made an inquiry of any kind to someone, you expected the courtesy of a response. Despite all the advances in technology from iPhones, to the internet, to Facebook, twitter and other communication tools, one is no longer expected to respond to a question or a job application.
Recently, I sent a notification to a student adviser at a local college seeking an intern for my company. This would be a great opportunity for a student to get experience in marketing via social media, promotion of a service and overall exposure to growing a new business. This adviser I had had lunch with on two occasions, and as a matter of fact, was a guest speaker on several occasions at her university. Despite her familiarity with me and my firm, I never heard one word back from her. At the very least, I would expect a polite decline of my offer, but to get no response whatsoever represents a lack of common courtesy.
On a separate occasion, I sent an email to a professor of Italian at a local college inquiring about any local clubs, or student meetings where I could practice speaking Italian. Again, I never heard a word from the woman. Granted, I am not a student at her school, nor do I know her personally, but would it have been too much to ask for a response of some kind? Again, I believe this is a lack of common courtesy that is all too absent today.
One final example, I had sent an email with a resume attached to a local company inquiring about possible work opportunities. After not hearing back after two weeks, I decided to call the owner of the company. I had his cell phone, so I called an left a detailed message as to what the call was about. I requested a return phone call, but two weeks after the call and four weeks after the email, I have heard nothing.
I get the concept that we are inundated with work, personal and junk email, but I was raised to respond to all who asked a question of me, simply to be polite.
I guess that my old fashion values, one of which is to have the decency to respond if someone reaches out to you, has become as obsolete as a vinyl phonograph record.
I believe the lack of this small gesture of common civility towards one another demonstrates another crack in the social fabric that contributed to an America that held things such as civility in such high esteem.
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