No one enjoys being rejected by company after company. However, there is a certain type of rejection that I find particularly irritating.
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Rejection by Snail Mail
How many times has this happened to you? You submit a CV to a company for a job opening via email, written job application, whatever. You may get a confirmation email but often not. A few months later, a letter arrives via the post office thanking you for your interest but acknowledging that your candidacy doesn't meet the company's present needs. What is wrong with this?
- Your skills may have met the company's needs at the time that you applied, but that's a foregone conclusion now that someone else has the position.
- So much time has passed since you submitted your resume that you probably gave up hope and may have even found a job in the meantime. I've had a few Israeli hitech companies reject me this way in the past, and I was always surprised when the letter appeared in my mailbox, not even knowing that my submission had been looked at.
- The letter will almost always be some sort of template, impersonal in every way.
- For-profit organizations should only do things that make business sense. What can a company gain by taking so long to reject you? Even if the mail is automatically-generated, this process still costs money and the chances of leaving a positive impression on you are slim by this point.
- The icing on the cake is when the rejection letter tells you that your resume will be conserved in the company's database for future considerations. At this point, it's likely that you don't even want to work for them anymore (it does feel as if they've been toying with you somewhat). It rings hollow but you may be surprised to find out that companies will act on your old CV.
Companies should just stop this practice. I'd rather get a rejection letter that's sincere but definite than a letter that's open-ended and meaningless.
Have you had this happen to you? What are your job search pet peeves?
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