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When you’re in demand, going radio silent after a job offer may seem harmless, but experts warn that hiring managers have long memories.

The hot labor market has cooled in recent months amid talk of a recession and layoffs, but those worrisome indicators haven’t put much of a dent in a peculiar pattern that has emerged in recent years for job seekers: the application, the job interview, the job offer, getting hired—and then failing to show up for the first day of work and subsequently disappearing.

Credit an unprecedented job market in which a record 68.9 million workers left their jobs in 2021. Job seekers, confident with demand, wield far more leverage and bargaining power. So much so, that they disappear without a word to employers—choosing not to respond to offers, choosing not to show up for work, or to just going radio silent after working a couple of days of a new job.

“They don’t think twice about burning bridges,” says Sinem Buber, lead economist at job site ZipRecruiter.

This pattern of “ghosting” employers is not necessarily new, but it has hit a new high in recent months. In January, 16% of job seekers admitted to ghosting employers; that number jumped to 20.25% in May, according to ZipRecruiter survey data shared with Fast Company. The peak of those numbers came right before job optimism began to decline, and talk of a recession heated up.

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