Is it just me or are creative shops around here REALLY bad about responding to folks?
Just curious what the experience is from other designers, copywriters and creatives out there but I get the distinct sense (talking to the creatives that I know) that many shops around here are woefully inept at communicating with individuals submitting work for open positions. I know they likely get flooded with applicants when they post a new job now, but this is a complaint I've heard since I moved here 4 years ago (pre economic bust-ola). Is there a lack of common courtesy? Do they not have a proper communications system set up to handle the influx of applicants? Do they think it's just OK to ignore applicants they aren't interested in (even if that applicant specifically requests a response)?
I honestly don't get it. Sure, the ad industry is known to be cutthroat but this problem seems to be worse here than other ad/creative markets in the U.S.
Let me know what you think. If it's a common problem, maybe a larger group can bring it to the attention of the shops in the market...BE MORE COURTEOUS! People like you, show some love.