In my January 2008 column for Investment Advisor, I write about the increasing challenges of recruiting young professionals in today’s overly seller’s market. I mention that common courtesy–thank you notes, showing up for interviews on time, canceling or rescheduling appointments well before the appointment date, etc.–seems to be a thing of the past for many job applicants today: and I suggest that advisors can use this rudeness to screen out potential employees.
But I don’t think today’s young advisors realize how much damage they could be doing to their careers by exhibiting this high-handed behavior. I understand that experienced young advisors are riding high these days; job offers are pouring in, salaries are skyrocketing, and you feel as if it just can’t get any better than this.
Well, you’re right: it probably can’t get any better. But it can get worse, maybe a lot worse.