The e-mail was short and straight to the point...
Thank you for the opportunity to review your credentials for Job XXXXX.
Unfortunately, we have decided to focus our attention on a group of candidates who more closely match our requirements. Please continue to visit our website at www.#######.com for listed positions should you be interested in other opportunities here at ###.
If you have any questions please contact ########, who is copied on this email, at 412-555-5555.
We wish you every success in your career endeavors.
In that moment, I didn't know whether to be upset with the rejection, or encouraged that I finally heard back from a job to which I applied two months ago. That makes me think the numerous other positions to which I've sent my resume are still reviewing my credentials. I have applied to dozens of jobs without a response, and I considered that the rejection. No news is bad news, right? But now I know that it is a long, hard process to hire new employees. And it makes me hopeful the other jobs I want might still be within my reach.
I share this news with all of you because I want this blog to be honest and open about what it is like to look for a new job in this environment. I don't ask for your sympathy, just that you understand.
In Front of St. Paul's
1 month ago