Is it still acceptable to ghost a new employer?

Ghosting: A supernatural term that we started using with regularity around 2015 or so, with specific reference to romantic relationships. Now firmly entrenched in the culture, virtually any situation we feel uncomfortable in or wish to get out of without explanation is likely to be ghosted, including a new job.

According to a recent investigation Out of 1,000 US-based workers, 84% of job seekers have ghosted an employer or potential employer at least once in the past 18 months. But why?

It turns out that there are several reasons why you might choose to cut off communications with a company that has offered you a job. First-time job seekers are more likely to exhibit this behavior, according to another survey which found that 31% of entry-level job seekers said they had ghosted an employer during their current search, compared to 12% of experienced professionals.

The currently turbulent job market is also fueling the rise of ghost applicants: 55% of job seekers said the current availability of job opportunities is the main reason they are more likely to start ghost businesses now than they would have been before the pandemic. Those who cast a wide net in their job search are also more likely to exhibit ghosting behavior, with 47% of ghosts saying they’ve applied for more than five jobs in the past month, compared to just 31% of those who don’t. haven’t done. phantom.

But will that ever be a good thing to do? It seems that job seekers have concerns. Sixty-seven percent of people who would like to ghost an employer expressed concern about the potential negative repercussions it could have.

It is clear that no one should be forced to accept a job that is not suitable for them, and communication is therefore essential. A friendly, polite email or call to let a hiring manager know you won’t progress is the way to sort out a situation you may have already handled using radio silence. Everyone will know where it stands and you may get another shot at the same business in the future – when the time comes.

If your job search is still ongoing, below we take a look at three companies that are hiring right now. You can also browse many other job postings on VentureBeat’s Job Board.


Based in Santa Clara, Calif., ServiceNow creates a SaaS-based cloud computing platform that helps businesses manage digital workflows for business operations. Its solutions help digitize and unify organizations to find smarter, faster and more efficient ways to streamline work. The company has offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe and Asia-Pacific and has more than 16,000 employees. The company is currently recruiting for a wide range of roles, including account executives, engineers, DevOps, and more. Check out all the open roles here.


Mobility as a service provider Uber is a platform where those who drive and deliver can connect with riders, consumers and restaurants. It also connects freight industry shippers and carriers. Headquartered in San Francisco, in 2021 the company operated in approximately 72 countries and 10,500 cities worldwide. The business is growing: Uber generated $17.4 billion in revenue in 2021, a 56% year-over-year increase and better than its 2019 numbers. As a result, it’s hiring. Currently, there are a variety of roles on offer, including software engineering, machine learning jobs, data engineering, and penetration testing. Learn more about jobs at Uber.

Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a subsidiary of Amazon that provides on-demand cloud computing platforms. One of the big three cloud providers, along with Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform. AWS is widely adopted and offers more than 200 comprehensive services from its data centers, located around the world. Millions of customers, including the fastest growing startups, largest enterprises, and major government agencies, use AWS. Revenue grew 33% in the second quarter of 2022, generating $19.74 billion in revenue during the period, signaling a dynamic period for the service. He’s also in the midst of hiring: roles offered include Solutions Architect, Cloud Technical Account Managers, Cloud Infrastructure Architects and Senior Software Developers. Learn more about all open roles at AWS.

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