I’ve been on the job hunt for the last few weeks, and needless to say, it’s been….challenging. I’ve actually started sending myself blank emails to check and see that my email account is actually working! Out of the many emails and applications I have sent out, I’ve heard from exactly one person, who told me that the dog-walking position had been filled. Ah, missed my chance!
There’s absolutely nothing more frustrating than spending a ridiculous amount of time writing cover letters and emails, tweaking resumes and building work portfolios only to get zero response. At this point, I’d take an email response with the word, “No” written in it. Why this seems to be so difficult for the vast majority of people who claim to be “desperate to fill the position” is beyond me!
A few weeks ago, I went on a job interview, and later that day, received an email that said they really liked meeting me and were considering me for the position! Great! So I responded to the email, “That’s great to hear, thank you!” and promptly never heard another word! Obviously I put 2+2 together and realized I did not get the job. But if you’ve already put the effort into emailing me to tell me how great I am, why is it suddenly so challenging to find the courtesy of telling me you went in another direction?
I think my new policy will be that after I send my overly friendly follow-up email, I will send an additional email with the word RUDE in 72-point font. Hey, it may be an unconventional approach, but at this point I don’t have much to lose!
What’s My Age: 22, on the cusp of college graduation, exuding post-grad desperation.