Okay, I am trying not to personalize my continued rejection by employers. They haven't met me in person yet (most of them) so it can't be that they're repulsed by my hideous face or the fact that I walk like Quasimodo, and I certainly am not a member of the stanky armpit brigade. I do, however, have a bone to pick with the way it's being done. It seems like business etiquette is dead. No one bothers to return phone calls, or be respectful of those seeking employment. I think the fact that, especially in marketing, it's an employer's market has lead to a degradation of proper correspondence and manners. If I am no longer being considered for a job for which I spent a lot of time, consideration and work to prepare for, then just send me a danged letter! I can take it. Are you, the employer, AFRAID to let me know? It seems just and courteous to do so.
I had a great phone interview last week with an organization for which I would be PERFECT. The qualifications section almost seems like it was written from my job history. Following the Q&A of the phone call, the man assured me he would call to follow-up last Friday, send an email detailing benefits and asked me to call him should I have any questions. He never called, never sent an email, and when I called to ask about scheduling interviews for the week never returned my inquiry! Seriously, I know everyone is busy, but if you were to turn the tables it would be completely inappropriate behavior. I think that just because you are in need of a job doesn't negate the fact that companies advertising positions should be courteous and equally timely in their communication. If it had been one job, or two, or three out of the eight million to which I have applied, I might understand - but it's every freakin' one. I think part of my impatience is the fact that prior to this I have been sought out and stood out in the job pool. Perhaps the market is so saturated employers feel they don't have to follow the rules but honestly, I am not excited about going to work for one of these companies that use barnyard manners.