THIS week something fairly exciting happened to me. I heard the post being pushed through the letterbox and ran down to pick it up. And there it was. A rejection letter.
Now I know it sounds a little odd to be excited about receiving a rejection letter. Surely I should be heartbroken, crying into tubs of Ben & Jerrys and wondering how I’m ever going to find a job. But the truth is, this was the first rejection letter I have received – and I don’t mean that in a ‘look at how amazing I am, I never get rejected’ way, I mean I’ve never received a letter telling me that my application has been unsuccessful.
Of all the jobs I’ve applied for, and believe me there have been lots, this is the first where I have been told I haven’t got the job – the rest have simply left me hanging.
And yes, it is gutting that I wasn’t shortlisted for an interview. But at least I know that now. And I’m not left just guessing what’s happening. And now I can contact the newspaper for feedback and see what exactly it was that meant I didn’t get to the next stage of applications.
Maybe I’m being petty and it’s a lot to expect newspapers to reply to everyone that applies. But how hard is it to even send an automated response saying ‘unfortunately you’ve not been successful on this occasion’?
It would just be nice to know for certain whether you’ve been successful or not. All this second guessing makes the whole process of trying to get a job even more stressful.
Are you applying for jobs at the moment and having the same frustrations? Is getting a rejection letter better than not knowing at all? Let us know via the comments or tweet us @wannabehacks.
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