Today, I have a bone to pick with employers, specifically those who have job openings.
Let’s be clear: I know that you get hundreds and hundreds of resumes for one opening. I get that. I really do.
You have to understand that there are those of us out there who choose your company for a reason. We believe in your mission. We WANT to work with you and want to give it our all.
We follow your company on LinkedIn, interact with you on Social Media and spend time to craft a personal cover letter because out of tons of jobs out there, we choose you.
Me? I’m a communicator. That’s my passion, so I don’t just apply to every single job opening. When I apply to a job, I spend time getting to know the company and the position. If the position is perfect but maybe the company environment isn’t right for me, I don’t apply.
When I do apply, I give it my all.
Maybe that’s my downfall. Maybe I shouldn’t put so much thought into it but this isn’t just about a job for me. This is a career. This is me wanting to reach out to more people with a message, with your message and representing you in the best way possible.
I don’t even want a personalized reply. I know that there are lots of other qualified people who apply for the same positions that I do but I’m sure I speak on all of their behalf as well when I say that after all the effort we put in, we deserve an automated confirmation. Just that our efforts reached someone’s inbox, that our e-mail didn’t just get sucked into a wormhole.
My spirit is broken today. Today, you will have one less ‘Unread e-mail’ in your inbox. Today, there will be one less qualified applicant for your company. Today, I won’t go through job descriptions, cringing when I see one full of typos and wondering how that person got a job with you but not me. Today, I am giving up.
I’ll be back.
I’ll even overlook that one typo. Maybe.