For those of you playing along at home, you’ll probably know that I recently changed jobs in the latter part of this year. I’d been looking for a new opportunity for a few months before accepting my new position. Unfortunately, job hunting can be a daunting and dispiriting exercise as you try to effectively market yourself to a range of potential employers either as an FTE, contractor or other engagement options.
This typically leads to a lot of applications, and time spent honing a CV/resume or responding to selection criteria. In some cases, a significant amount of your precious time is spent being assessed and/or in preparing to satisfy the amount of information required by potential employers.
Today is New Year’s Eve. A nice time to receive a rejection e-mail, no?
It is a day shy of being exactly THREE MONTHS since I applied for this role at a reasonably well known company (the name of which I’ve redacted).
I know these places get hundreds or more applications (but thanks for spelling it out for me, name-redacted), however three months is a stupidly long wait time for a rejection e-mail. The rejection itself isn’t too surprising given the passage of time (and I secured a new job around two months ago), however what annoys me more than anything else in the email is this line: “I hope you don’t mind if we reach out to you in the future when a position opens up that may be a better fit for your background and experience.” which originates from a “no-reply” e-mail address, and provides me no way of “opting out” of their future consideration.
To add further insult to injury, they encourage ME to track their socials. No thanks.
The other role I applied for at the same time (less senior). Far less placation, for what it’s worth.
This was a technical writing role, and I’ve been writing complex technical material for a decade and a half, including this blog.
Hopefully someone from a recruitment or HR background reads this and learns what not to do.