The first week in August, a company I follow announced a job opening to their email list. When I learned about the position, I submitted my interest letter without hesitation. I felt optimistic because I was sure that I was a good fit.
The first week went by, and I didn’t hear anything, which caused me to wonder if my application was ever received.
Is This How They Do Stuff in 2021?
I’ve been out of the workforce for 15 years, so maybe companies don’t do things the way I remember, but I doubt it.
When I applied for jobs and interviewed with companies, it was customary for them to send a letter to inform you about the status of your application.
However, the job I applied for recently never sent me anything, not even an email informing me that they had received my application. Is this the way companies operate these days? I hope that’s not the case.
Every day I checked my email for a reply from the company, but that reply never came.
I told one person, a close friend, that I had applied for a job and that it seemed like the job was something that I’d love to do. My friend agreed, wished me the best, and was sure I would get the job.
My Rude Awakening
A second week goes by, no reply.
A third week goes by, still, no reply.
A fourth week goes by, no reply.
As the weeks went by, I wondered if my email even made it to the right person.
I finally sent an email four and a half weeks after applying for the job to learn the status of my application. And guess what? The company replied to my email.
Trust Your Gut, Because It Never Lies
I had a gut feeling that I didn’t get the job, but having an official confirmation would stop me from hoping and wondering.
I had to write to the company to ask about the job before ever hearing anything from them.
I took my time to apply for the position; the least they could do was let me know that they had chosen a candidate who was a better fit for them.
My Close Friend
I mentioned that I told one person that I had applied for the job, and even she thought I would get it because of the job duties; it just fit me, or at least I thought it did.
When I finally received a reply from the company, I sent my friend a text message telling her that I didn’t get the job.
Being the friend that she is, she gave me a phone call. After speaking with her, I felt better because something she said made a lot of sense.
My friend said, “I doubt the Boss, even read your application because it probably didn’t make it to him. And she went on to state why she believes this is the case.
When I Finally Received a Reply
The email I received from the company informing me about my application status came from the Boss’s email address. However, the closing email signature didn’t belong to him; it was from a woman whose job title is Administrative Assistant.
So maybe my friend was right; after all, the Boss probably never read my application letter. On the other hand, they probably never checked out my website and online history. Who knows?
When rejection comes our way, we should never talk negatively or even think negatively about ourselves.
We should thank God, or some would say, thank our lucky stars, that we dodged a bullet.
We must keep moving, keep working, and believe that something bigger and better is just right around the corner.
The best is yet to come, huh!
Never quit on your dreams, no matter what.
I don’t see myself ever applying for another online job; I’ll keep my head down and diligently mind my business.
Minding my business is the best thing for me to do besides, it’s much more rewarding.
Until next time.