Silent Rejection

Way back in the olden days, you applied for a job by printing out a resume and cover letter, putting them in an envelope with a stamp, and then sending them out via snail mail. Larger companies might then send you back a postcard acknowledging that they got your application. And then at some point, if you didn’t get the job, you’d get a rejection letter in the mail. For most jobs now you either apply online or email a resume. Strangely, this hasn’t sped up the process at all. Plus you’d think email would make it very easy for an organization to communicate with potential hires. Some places do have a seemingly automatic form email they send to say, “we got your resume.” But most don’t even do that. Generally most applications are followed by radio silence. It’s gotten to where I’m amazed when I actually get a rejection email. I’m sure that these places are inundated with applicants, but it just seems like common courtesy to take a few minutes to send out a mass form rejection. Weirdly, the few rejection emails I’ve gotten have been really thoughtfully worded. I’m sure they’re still form letters, but someone took the time to the time to put a few kind words in. Hiring managers: your consideration is appreciated! (and that’s the end of today’s rant).

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2 Responses to Silent Rejection

  1. Leona says:

    I agree with you. It seems like the more technology we get the behinder we get. I sent a young person a note and they had to have me translate it for them. Now I have pretty good handwritting, even if I say so. I write in cursive and the can’t read cursive. You wonder why you don’t receive a rejection notice. They don’t know what it is. I know it is very hard, but hold in there.
    I love you,
    Aunt Leona

  2. Julie says:

    I totally agree – back in 2005 I applied to Puma in MA, and was fully satisfied when they promptly sent me a polite rejection letter (for a job I was mostly not qualified for). Check them off the list – done!

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