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Fitness and Disappointment

The light breeze caused a leaf to dance across the grass. I stared in awe as it blew along. Around me were twelve individuals, plus our trainer, all stretching after our cross-training circuit in the local park. It had been an intense workout, lots of cardio, push-ups and burpees.

We went our separate ways, smiling, groaning, shouts of thanks to the trainer.

Once home, I checked my emails. Another rejection from a potential job. This is the one I interviewed for some weeks back, and was told they’d make a decision quickly. But I’ve had over four weeks of silence, waiting, wondering.

The email that arrived was a form letter, the type of email HR send to applicants after the application window closes, the initial sorting of wheat from chaff. I’ve copied it below (I deleted the actual title):

Thank you for your interest in the position of {job title}. We appreciate the time and personal effort you put into your application.
We regret to inform you that we will not be proceeding with your application on this occasion.
We encourage you to apply for any suitable roles we may advertise in the future.
Human Resources

Frustration and anger rolled in like mist across the water. How insulting. Don’t you think the manager of the department could have telephoned? Is it not common courtesy to phone after a person has come in for an interview? Or at least, send a more personal email?

I know workplaces are busy. I know that issues can arise. I am also aware that employers have the right to choose the applicant they believe is best suited to the role. My disappointment and anger does not arise from being overlooked, not wholly anyway. It comes from the lack of communication—over four weeks, I’ll point out again—and then, this shabby email makes its way to my inbox. Is this all I’m worth? I think not. I deserve better. Everyone deserves better than that.

Needless to say, I’m really looking forward to my boxing session this morning.


16 thoughts on “Fitness and Disappointment”

  1. Maybe that was fast – I once waited 9 months to get a response after an interview (yes, I was offered the job! but I’d accepted another one in the meantime, assuming it was all over, red-rover from the laggards).

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  2. I got 2 of those emails within 2 days of applying and on public holidays. My friend who has worked on this system told me they are automated emailed and mostly sent when theres no position vacant and employer still wants resume for thier pool of potential employees for future.
    Dont get disheartened.

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    1. Thank you! It’s hard not to get disheartened. I’ve been job-searching since November and truly thought I’d have something by now. This job, in particular, I was encouraged to apply for, so although I didn’t believe it was a foregone conclusion, I did think I’d receive more personal communication. It’s for the best anyway, I’ve since heard that the management style of the executive manager and the culture of the department is not great. Thanks for thoughts and comments, as ever, Stoner 🙂


      1. I understand and it’s ok to get disheartened you can’t block your feelings.
        You know what I’m thinking. Maybe you heard right. Even though personal communication is rare these days but workplaces with good culture do prefer human interaction. It’s a sign they might not be considerate towards thier employees.
        You’re welcome 🙂

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