The Millennial Resume: Receiving A Job Rejection Email
I just received a rejection email…
Seriously, is there anything worse?
“We thank you so much for taking the time to apply for this position, but we have decided to move forward with another candidate. Best of luck in your job search.”
Or in other words, “We liked you on paper, but not so much in person”.
Basically what these emails are telling you is that the employer thought you were qualified enough to come in for an interview, but there was something they didn’t like when they actually met you. Or someone else was just better than you.
Either way, the reality sucks!
I can’t even begin to explain to you how many of these things I’ve gotten, and it NEVER gets easier. Every time I get one I feel like I just got dumped, and honestly most of the time I cry a little. Just a little bit.
The job hunt is actually a lot like dating.
Would you rather be ghosted by a guy you only went on one date with or have him explain to you that someone else is better and they aren’t interested in you any longer?
Um ghost me please, I prefer to live in blissful ignorance, and I promise you I’ll get the message if you never contact me again…
You see there are certain things that need an explanation. A girl who is dumping her boyfriend of a year, that warrants some explaining. A job firing an employee after months on the job, yeah we definitely need to talk.
A girl who is dumping her boyfriend of a year would warrant some explaining. An employer firing an employee after months on the job, yeah we definitely need to talk. But please just let me accept the reality of my unemployment without your rejection email making me feel even worse.
With all of this being said, there is some closure that comes with the rejection email.
I had been waiting to hear back from this job about a second interview, and although I would have given up hope after the weekend, I guess it is nice to know I should keep applying for jobs.
Even though I have been ranting in this post (because I literally just received the evil email), just know in your heart that it really is not personal.
An interview is a contrived meeting.
That employer doesn’t truly know you because if they did I am certain they would be writing you an email gladly offering you a position.
I know how defeating it can be to feel like nobody is ever going to hire you because that is exactly how I feel right now, but you can’t allow yourself to get swallowed up in the negative thoughts that come from reading a rejection letter.
Delete the email, shed a tear, and keep applying.
As I have said before, it only takes one person to believe in you.
So don’t give up hope, and I won’t either!
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