2012 is off to a rocking start! Four days into the new year and woot! I've received four rejection emails. Hey, at least it's easy math. A rejection for each day of the year. One lost hope, one broken dream for each day of the new year. Good thing I resolved to love myself because no one else does.
I appreciate speedy rejections. No prolonging of or clinging to a hope that's ultimately false. No deluded nights thinking, "Maybe they'll call tomorrow..."
But, what still surprises me - yes, after two years of job hunting I still get surprised - is that HR departments use the exact same script with almost no variance in the language. With notable few exceptions, in every rejection letter I've received, from a huge and broad spectrum of companies and industries, the text is exactly the same. It's like the Pledge of Allegiance or the Lord's Prayer, everyone says it exactly the same. I know it by heart.
We wanted to follow up with you on the status of your application for the position of [whatever]. While we were impressed with your qualifications, we have decided to pursue other candidates who appear to be a closer match for the position.
Please feel free to apply for other open positions that you are interested in.
Thank you for your application and best wishes for a successful and bright future.
I know, I know, I don't expect HR departments to "do" anything for rejected candidates. I don't expect a personalized letter citing specific reasons or insight as to why they don't want to hire me. I don't expect anything. I know companies are swamped with applicants and it's nothing shy of amazing when they even bother to acknowledge an application. Truly, it's an honor for rejected applicants to be acknowledged in any way.
But it's surprising to me that every HR department in every company uses the exact same script when they do acknowledge an applicant they don't want to hire. I mean, I get it, why bother expending any thought or time on something as trivial and inconsequential as a form rejection email to a job applicant you don't want to hire?
But. Still. Every time I get a rejection email (at least once daily) I'm surprised it contains the same language. I dunno why. Maybe I'm harboring some latent hope that one day one of them will be different, one of those rejection emails will exhibit some trace of personality, indicate that more energy than a flick of an autosend button was expended, show some actual thought behind the words, some hint that the person behind the email is in possession of an ounce of originality. I know. I know. HR departments have better things to do with their time. And many HR jobs have been eliminated and the processes are automated and blah blah blah. I get it. But. The hope remains that one day one HR department will set themselves apart by sending a dismissive missive that's different.
Which speaks to my deeply rooted desire for something, anything, that's not standardized, automated and cliché. Yeah, it's not them, it's me. Which is probably why I keep getting rejection letters.
Labels: rejection letters, Unemployment